LABELLE, FL. -- Republicans lead the polls Tuesday night in Hendry County with a substantial margin in most races. Statewide results will not be in for several hour past the 7 p.m. poll closing in most of Florida and closings an hour later in the Panhandle because of Central Time Zone there.
Hendry County Commissioner Darrel Harris led over challenger Dean Tanner with 56% of voters choosing to keep him in office.
In the City of Clewiston Commission races the top three were Kristine Petersen, Phillip Roland, and Sherida Ridgdill.
Hendry voted yes on all three Constitutional Amendments, with a very close call on Amendment 2, Medical Marijuana. But, statewide the amendment failed because a 60% approval was needed.
Voter turnout was 41% of Hendry's 16.615 registered voters.
In statewide races Hendry voters chose to stay with the incumbent Republicans in the Governor, Attorney General, and Chief Financial Officer, and Commissioner of Agriculture races. Governor Rick Scott ultimately kept his office with a 1% margin over former Governor Charlie Crist. To keep his position Scott reportedly spent $70 million on television advertising.
Ironically, U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings was the lone Democrat popular with Hendry voters, taking 54% of Hendry votes and kept his seat with 81% of Florida voters in his district casting their vote for Hastings..