2018 Midterm General Election Results
Even before the final votes have been tallied, experts and pundits alike agree this election is looking to break tradition — at least when it comes to voter turnout.
Putnam County is no exception. According to the Supervisor of Elections Office, 9,373 early votes were cast, a stunning 73 percent increase from 2014’s early voting figures.
The unusually high turnout is appearing to continue as people headed to vote today, as 60 percent of voters have cast ballots by the time polls closed at 7 p.m.
While statewide reports give registered Democrats a slight advantage over Republicans heading into Election Day, the GOP carry a double-digit lead in Putnam County, with 4,789 votes (51 percent) cast to the Democrats’ 3,653 (40 percent).
It’s too early to make solid predictions ahead of election night, but the Daily News will keep you updated as election results come in.
*: Candidate is running unopposed by voter have the choice to vote for a write-in.
Candidates: Ron DeSantis/Jeanette Núñez (R), Andrew Gillum/Chris King (D), Darcy G. Richardson/Nancy Argenziano (REF), Kyle “KC” Gibson/Ellen Wilds (NPA), Ryan Christopher Foley/John Tutton Jr (NPA), Bruce Stanley/Ryan Howard McJury (NPA)
DeSantis/Núñez defeat Gillum/King in Putnam County 66.52 percent (18,712 votes) to 32.01 percent (9,003 votes), with all precincts reporting.
Statewide, DeSantia/Núñez wins the governor's race after Gillum concedes.
Candidates: Bill Nelson (D) (Incumbent), Rick Scott (R)
Rick Scott defeats Bill Nelson in Putnam County 66.38 percent (18,679 votes) to 33.15 percent (9,330 votes), with all precincts reporting.
Statewide, Scott led Nelson within 35,000 votes. There will be a recount.
U.S. House of Representatives, FL District 3
Candidates: Ted Yoho (R) (Incumbent), Yvonne Hayes Hinson (D)
The race has been called for Rep. Ted Yoho, who won his race 57.7 percent to 42.3 percent. In Putnam County, he received 69.66 percent (19,481 votes) of the vote to 30.34 percent (8,486 votes).
Palatka City Mayor/Commissioner
Candidates: Terrill L. Hill (Incumbent), Dawn Rawls
The race has been called for Terrill L. Hill, defeating Dawn Rawls with 61.81 percent (1,944 votes) of the vote to 38.19 percent (1,201 votes).
Board of County Commissioners (District 2)
Candidates: Chip Laibl (D) (Incumbent), Jeff Rawls (R)
Jeff Rawls defeats Chip Laibl 53.61 percent (14,876 votes) to 46.11 percent (12,796 votes), with all precincts reporting.
Palatka City Commissioner (Group 2)
Candidates: Justin R. Campbell, Robert Walter LeClerc
Race has been called for Justin R. Campbell, defeating Robert Walter LeClerc with 74.51 percent (2,268 votes) of the vote to 25.49 percent (776 votes).
Crescent City Commissioner (Group 1)
Candidates: Robert "Bob" Chayer, Lisa Kane DeVitto, Mauro Guerrero, Robert L. Johnson Jr., Diane P. Sykes
Lisa Kane DeVitto led the polls with 38.53 percent (225 votes), followed by Johnson Jr. (30.82 percent, 180 votes), Chayer (16.78 percent, 98 votes), Sykes (7.36 percent, 43 votes) and Guerrero (6.51 percent 38 votes).
Interlachen Town Council
Candidates: Joni Conner, Judi Costanzo (Incumbent), Willie Trimnal
Joni Conner and Judi Costanzo won the race with 42.86 percent (261 votes) and 37.27 percent (227 votes), respectively. Trimnal received 19.87 percent (121 votes).
Candidates: Ashley Moody (R), Sean Shaw (D), Jeffrey Marc Siskind (NPA)
Ashley Moody defeats Sean Shaw in Putnam County 68.32 percent (19,059 votes) to 29.99 percent (8,367 votes), with all precincts reporting. Siskind received 1.69 percent (471 votes) of the vote.
Moody will be Florida's next attorney general, multiple outlets are reporting.
Chief Financial Officer
Candidates: Jimmy Patronis (R), Jeremy Ring (D)
Jimmy Patronis defeats Jeremy Ring in Putnam County 68.85 percent (18,971 votes) to 31.06 percent (8,801 votes).
Patronis will be Florida's next chief financial officer, with 52.05 percent, the Daily News is calling.
Commissioner of Agriculture
Candidates: Matt Caldwell (R), Nicole “Nikki” Fried (D)
Matt Caldwell defeats Nikki Fried in Putnam County 67.39 percent to 32.61 percent.
Caldwell led statewide, but the lead was so narrow it led to a recount.
State Senate (District 8)
Candidates: Keith Perry (R) (Incumbent), Kayser Enneking (D), Charles E. Goston (NPA)
Keith Perry defeats Kayser Enneking to keep his state senate seat in a narrow race. In Putnam County, he received 68.04 percent (19,032 votes) of the vote to 30.38 percent (8,498 votes).
State Representative (District 19)
Candidates: Bobby Payne (R) (Incumbent), Paul Still (D)
Bobby Payne defeats Paul Still in a landslide victory. In Putnam County, he received 69.65 percent (19,355 votes) of the vote to 30.35 percent (8,433 votes).
Board of County Commissioners (District 3)
Candidate: Terry Turner* (R)
Terry Turner wins the race with 94.27 percent (22,675 votes) of the vote. Write-ins only made up 5.73 percent (1,377 votes).
Justice of the Supreme Court (Alan Lawson)
67.5 percent (17,034 votes) in Putnam County voted to retain Lawson to 32.5 percent voting "No" (8,203 votes).
Statewide, 71.43 percent have voted "YES" to retain Lawson.
Fifth District Court of Appeal (Eric Eisnaugle)
63.43 percent (15,907 votes) "YES" to retain Eisnaugle on the bench to 36.57 voting "No" (9,171 votes).
Circuit Judge (7th Circuit Group 15)
Candidates: Linda L. Gaustad, Ryan Will
Gaustad leads Will 61.65 percent (14,862 votes) to 38.35 percent (9,247 votes) in Putnam County.
Linda L. Gaustad defeats Ryan Will with 58.62 percent of the vote, the Daily News is calling..
School Board Member (District 4)
Candidates: Bud McInnis, Linda Lou Osborne
Bud McInnis defeats Linda Lou Osborne 52.65 percent (13,336 votes) to 47.35 percent (11,993 votes).
Amendment 1: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption
55.27 percent have voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 44.73 percent who voted "No."
The amendment was REJECTED after receiving 58.09 percent voter of the vote, just below the 60 percent approval threshold needed to pass.
Amendment 2: Limitations on Property Tax Assessments
67.71 percent (18,416 votes) voted "Yes" on the amendment in Putnam County to 32.29 percent (8,781 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 66.49 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 3: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida
69.24 percent (19,114 votes) voted "Yes" on the amendment in Putnam County to 30.76 percent (8,491 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 71.46 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 4: Voting rights restoration
55.5 percent (15,347 votes) voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 44.5 percent (12,305 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 64.49 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 5: Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees
69.19 percent (18,833 votes) voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 30.81 percent (8,385 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 65.75 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 6: Marsy’s Law
61.62 percent voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 38.38 percent who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 61.62 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 7: First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities
66.16 percent (17,927 votes) voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 33.84 percent (9,170 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 65.77 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 9: Offshore drilling/indoor vaping ban
53.11 percent (14,419 votes) voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 46.89 percent (12,728 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 68.85 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 10: State and Local Government Structure and Operation
66.03 percent (17,754 votes) voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 33.97 percent (9,132 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 63.19 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 11: Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes
55.79 percent (14,707 votes) voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 44.21 percent (11,653 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 62.12 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 12: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers
74.04 percent (20,023 votes) voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 25.96 percent (7,022 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 78.92 percent of the vote statewide.
Amendment 13: Ends Dog Racing
54.24 percent (14,929 votes) voted "Yes" in Putnam County to 45.76 percent (12,593 votes) who voted "No."
The amendment PASSED with 69 percent of the vote statewide.