In Broward County, almost 15 percent of over 1 million registered voters cast a ballot on Tuesday. This represents the second-largest number of registered voters in Florida.

According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website, Marco Rubio received about 40,000 (85 percent) of the GOP votes in Broward in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. Kendrick Meek, with about 62,000 votes (70 percent ) in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, defeated Jeff Greene.

Rubio and Meek will now face Republican-turned-independent Charlie Crist, who has actively courted Democratic votes and money in Broward county.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink received 70 percent of the vote in the primary, almost 65,000 votes, in Broward.

Rick Scott, who won the GOP statewide primary for governor, received 44 percent of the votes, a little over 21,000 votes, while Bill McCollum recieved 49 percent of the Broward vote.

In the primary for the attorney general’s office, Democrat Dan Gelber received over 58,000 votes and Republican Pam Bondi 17,000 votes. They will face each other in the November general elections.

In the Democratic primary for County Commission District 8 Barbara Sharief defeated Angelo Castillo and Shevrin D. Jones. Sharief received 61 percent of the vote; Castillo 21 percent.

Castillo had told The Florida Independent that if he lost the primary, Broward, where Hispanics represent 25 percent of the population, would have no representation on the County Commission.

On the other hand both Hispanic candidates for District judgeships, Carlos Rodriguez and Carlos Rebollo, won their races. African-American judges Mary Rudd Robinson, Elijah Williams and Kenneth Gillespie won their races. The number of votes cast for all of the judge races averaged 120,000 votes.

Local African-American media had called for voters to make sure black judges remained on the bench.

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