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10:41 PM 713 precincts reporting and 99 left: News: NEWMAN INCREASES HIS LEAD- he's now up by over 6,900 votes. THIS IS OUR LAST UPDATE TONIGHT- WE ARE GOING TO SLEEP.
Former Judge Peter Adrien: 49,656 - it will speak poorly of this county if this person breaks 50,000.
Samantha Ruiz-Cohen: 118,393
Manny Alvarez: 78,590
Ed Newman: 85,488
Monica Gordo: 103,136
Robert Kuntz: 57, 383 (This one is over. Mr. Kuntz cannot win.)
Flora Seff: 67,272
MGP: 88,920 (Sorry to say that this one is over as well. Judge Seff cannot win).
Our reader reports:
Early voting and absentees are in. Adrien already behind by 40,000 votes and with only an 8.5% turnout there aren't enough votes out there for him to make up. Welcome to the Circuit bench, Sam.
Rumpole says: There aren't enough votes for Adrien to come from behind. Put a fork in him. He's done. Good riddance. As to the others, especially Newman and Kuntz, we think back to two election cycles ago and Judge Sheldon Schwartz and last election cycle and Judge Stacy Glick. Schwartz was behind until North Dade reported at the end of the night, and he pulled out a squeaker. Glick was behind until the Gables and South Dade reported and then she ran away with it. It is surprising to see Manny Alvarez and Paulson with early and absentee voting strength. But lets wait a bit. No precincts are reporting yet.
Monica is in a similar position but up by only 30,000. Still not enough out there, Bob. Call this one Monica's to lose.
Seff is behind by 15,000 and can make up that difference. She will do well late in the black precints where turnout is heaviest. She can make it up there and this will go down to the wire. Call it a tossup at this point.
Eddie is only 5,000 down and like Seff will do well late. He's going to win pulling away.