The Tuesday primaries were anything but quiet after polls closed at 7 p.m.
The night ended with a few upsets, with Michelle Salzman defeating incumbent Mike Hill in the State Representative House District 1 race, and James Calkins unseating 20-year incumbent Don Salter in Santa Rosa Commission District 3.
With 47 names on ballots spanning across 15 races, many votes were cast by mail due in part to COVID-19.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, mail-in ballots accounted for more than 52% of all voters cast in Escambia County, while early voting accounted for just over 23%, according to the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections. In-person voting accounted for just over 25%.
Santa Rosa County accounted for almost 40% mail-in ballots and almost 28% early voting, with 32% choosing in-person voting.
Below are the Escambia and Santa Rosa County election results.
County Commission District 1
Jeff Bergosh fended off three Republican challengers to retain his seat as the District 1 Escambia County commissioner.
With all 14 of his precincts reporting, Bergosh took 5,446 votes (nearly 39%) in one of the most crowded fields on the ballot.
County Commission District 3
In a battle between brothers, incumbent Lumon May defeated his sibling LuTimothy May to retain his seat as Escambia County District 3 commissioner.
Lumon May, a two-term incumbent, out-raised his brother by more than $100,000 and ran away with the race. With all precincts reporting, he led his brother 7,600 votes to 941.
County Commission District 5
Steven Barry handily won a third term as Escambia County’s District 5 commissioner Tuesday night.
With 14 of 16 precincts reporting, Barry took 55% of the vote in a three-way race against political newcomer Megan Walters and former commissioner John Reading. Walters earned 27% of the vote and Reading earned 18%.
ECUA District 1
Incumbent Vicki Campbell defeated Debra Brusso, both Republicans, in the District 1 race by a margin of 8,159 votes to 5,565 votes in an open primary for the seat.
ECUA District 3
Democrat Larry Williams outlasted a large field with five candidates on the ballot for the District 3 seat Tuesday with 2,802 votes in a closed primary.
ECUA District 5
Republican Kevin Stephens upset incumbent Larry Walker Tuesday for the District 5 seat, earning 8,553 votes to 5,806 votes in an open primary.
Pensacola City Council District 7
The city of Pensacola’s only election on the ballot Tuesday was won by Delarian Wiggins, who avoided a runoff to claim the District 7 Pensacola City Council seat by pulling in close to 53% of the overall votes in his 2020 Florida primary race.
Santa Rosa County
County Commissioner District 1
Sam Parker won the Republican race for District 1 county commissioner in Santa Rosa County on Tuesday night, bagging 49% of the vote.
Parker will face off against Chase Gilbert, a write-in candidate, in the general election on Nov. 3.
County Commissioner District 3
James Calkins has unseated longtime County Commissioner Don Salter to win the Republican nomination for the District 3 County Commission seat in Santa Rosa County.
Calkins, who won with 36.2% of the vote, will face off against write-in candidate Patrick Brown in the Nov. 3 general election.
County Commissioner District 5
Political newcomer Colten Wright has unseated incumbent Lane Lynchard for the Santa Rosa County District 5 County Commission seat.
Wright, who lives in Gulf Breeze, was the only challenger to Lynchard’s seat. He won with 60% of the vote, compared to Lynchard’s 40%.
School Board District 4
Challenger Elizabeth Hewey defeated incumbent Clifton “Buddy” Hinote in the race for the District 2 school board seat Tuesday, garnering 53.78% of the votes, or 18,209 ballots. Hinote received 46.22% of the votes (15,651 ballots).
Superintendent of Schools
Karen Barber will become the next superintendent of the Santa Rosa County School District, and defeated her two opponents with 54% of the vote.
U.S. Representative House District 1
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz easily won the Republican primary Tuesday night and will now face Democratic candidate Phil Ehr in November’s general election.
The Associated Press called the race in favor of Gaetz at 7:11 p.m. as he was on track to easily overcome a challenge from two other Republicans, Greg Merk and John Mills, to win the primary Tuesday.
State Representative House District 1
Michelle Salzman has won the Republican nomination to State House District 1 in an upset win over incumbent Rep. Mike Hill and will go on to face Democratic nominee Franscine Mathis in November.
Salzman beat out Hill with 1,047-vote lead with total votes for Salzman at 11,064 to Hill’s 10,017.
State Representative House District 2
In one of Pensacola’s most contentious races of the 2020 primary, incumbent Rep. Alex Andrade won the Republican nomination against challenger Cris Dosev for the Florida House District 2 seat.
Andrade’s margin of victory Tuesday night was a 21-point lead over Dosev with a vote total of 9,446 to 5,998, according to the preliminary election results.