Candidates prepare for runoff elections

3 Miami-Dade County Commission seats head for runoff election in November

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MIAMI - After Tuesday night's Florida primary election, some candidates were preparing themselves for runoffs in November.

In the primary, four seats on the Miami-Dade County Commission were up for grabs.

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Longtime Commissioner Barbara Jordan defeated Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson in District 1. Dennis Moss also kept his seat in District 9.

However, three runoff elections will decide the seats in Districts 3, 5, and 11.

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In District 3, Audrey Edmonson took 43 percent of the vote, but not enough to avoid a runoff with Keon Hardemon, who took 20 percent.

In District 5, Bruno Barreiro will face Luis Garcia in a runoff. Barreiro narrowly missed out on the majority vote needed to win, taking 50 percent of the vote to Garcia's 33 percent.

In District 11, Juan Zapata took 48 percent of the vote to Manny Machado's 37 percent.

Carlos Gimenez wins mayoral race

Carlos Gimenez will remain Mayor of Miami-Dade County.

The incumbent mayor defeated Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez.

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Gimenez was elected last year after voters recalled Carlos Alvarez.

Despite trailing by 53,000 votes, Martinez was not conceding Wednesday. Martinez and his supporters were considering challenging the election results after the recent arrests surrounding absentee ballots and the ensuing investigation.

"I pray he does, because I think that this third-world mentality that we still have here in Miami-Dade County needs to come to an end," said John Rivera, the President of the Florida Police Benevolent Association. "I think the cartel that exists in this community needs to be confronted."

"Detail that for me. What do you mean when you say 'third-world,' and 'cartel mentality,'" asked Local 10's Glenna Milberg.

"Well, I think, this is an embarrassing situation. How we, we saw with these absentee ballots. This is not how American elections should be held," said Rivera.

There were 92,251 absentee ballots cast, favoring Gimenez two-to-one.

To force a run off with 50 percent plus one vote, a recount would have to show Gimenez with 9,868 fewer votes, or give Martinez 44,832 more votes.

All the votes have been counted except for the provisional votes. If Martinez wants to challenge the results, he will have 10 days to file after the votes have been certified by the canvassing board.

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