It’s not the party, it’s the after party: A running list of where Florida candidates will be celebrating on Primary night
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Events will be happening all over the state.

After a raucous election cycle, it’s time for the endgame. Campaigns are planning their after-parties. Many events won’t achieve that aspiration, but if there’s no chance to raise a glass, those involved in politics will at least want to share a drink.

So whichever is your favorite party, we all can agree the highlight is the after-party. Here are the places in Florida politics where political junkies can propose a toast, share a grievance, or perhaps in Florida tradition, brace for a recount.

Governor: Democrat Charlie Crist will host an Election Night Event with supporters in St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. The address will be provided for the invited who RSVP. Democrat Nikki Fried will host an Election Night Event with supporters at Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Florida’s 7th Congressional District: Democratic candidate Al Krulick will hold an Election Night Watch Party from 8 p.m. to midnight at Theatre West End in Sanford.

Florida’s 10th Congressional District: Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost will hold an Election Night watch party at Renaissance Theater Company at 7 p.m.

Florida’s 15th Congressional District: Republican Laurel Lee will attend a Primary Election Night Party at the T. Pepins Hospitality Centre in Tampa, starting at 7 p.m. Democrat Alan Cohn plans to be at the Hillsborough County Democratic Party HQ in Temple Terrace for a primary election watch party at 7 p.m.

Florida’s 20th Congressional District: Democratic candidate Dale Holness will be having his victory party at his real estate office/campaign HQ at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick will be watching the returns at Colony West in Tamarac with the Broward Democratic Party. Would-be attendees should RSVP at [email protected] for more details.

Florida’s 27th Congressional District: Democratic candidate Annette Taddeo will attend a private Primary Election Watch Party in at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. RSVP with [email protected] or [email protected]. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. Her Primary opponent, Ken Russell, will watch election results with family, friends and media at the Bayshore Club in Coconut Grove. On the other side of the political aisle, “America First” candidate Frank Polo, who is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar in the Republican Primary for CD 27, is hosting a watch party at the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood starting at 6 p.m. “Do not hesitate to stop by and say hi,” Polo wrote on Twitter. “We’ll be there to receive the results and celebrate!”

Senate District 35: State Sen. Lauren Book plans to be at Agave Bandido in Pembroke Pines at 7 p.m., celebrating with Sens. Shevrin Jones, Jason Pizzo, Darryl Rouson, and Janet Cruz. Barbara Sharief’s campaign said the 7 p.m. party will be at her offices: 3351 N. University Drive, Hollywood.

House District 34: Republican Rachel Plakon will hold an Election Night Victory Party at Chianti’s Italian Restaurant. Doors open at 6 p.m.

House District 44: State Rep. Daisy Morales, an Orlando Democrat, will host an Election Night Watch at a private party with supporters. The address will be provided to invited guests who RSVP.

House District 101: Democrat Todd Delmay will hold an Election Night party at his home in Hollywood.

House District 109: Democratic challenger Ashley Gantt will hold an event at The Urban in Miami.

Miami-Dade County Commission: County Commissioner for District 8 Danielle Cohen Higgins will hold her party at the Bulla Gastro Bar in Miami. County Commission District 2 candidate Wallace Aristide will host his event at Charles Development on North Miami Avenue. And County Commission District 10 candidate Martha Bueno welcomes the public to an Election Day watch party at La Mesa Restaurant in Miami, where Cuban Grammy-winning artist El Funky will perform.

Lee County Clerk of Court: Incumbent Kevin Karnes will hold a watch party at the Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. Republican Primary opponent Liza King will hold her own event at the Lucky Screw.

Lee County School Board: Candidate Denise Nystrom will hold an event at The Lodge in Fort Myers.

Orange County Mayor: Chris Messing, a candidate for Mayor, will hold a “Freedom Over Fear” fiesta at Habaneros Mexican Grill in Winter Park.

Pinellas County School Board: Dr. Keesha Benson, a candidate for Pinellas County School Board, District 3, will hold an Election Watch Party at The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge in St. Petersburg.

Duval County Republican Party: The watch party kicks off at 6 p.m. at Havana Jax on Jacksonville’s Southside.

Sarasota County Republican Party: The local GOP will host a party at Gecko’s on Clark Road to watch results after 7 p.m.

Staff Reports


  • Joe Corsin

    August 23, 2022 at 6:51 am

    GOP plutocrats will be hosting cocaine fueled sex parties after the primaries and after elections… complete with strippers dancing on crosses instead of poles. Lies and far right propaganda speeches will replace precious gospel of Jesus. There will be golden statues of Trump there with people worshipping this abomination of desolation. Donations will go directly to the orange crime boss legal defense for a mountain of election crimes, espionage act violations, civil suits and sex crimes.

    • Impeach Biden

      August 23, 2022 at 7:57 am

      I’m sure Andrew Gillum will be there. Sounds like his kind of party.🤣

      • Joe Corsin

        August 23, 2022 at 8:35 am

        Never heard of him. However I have heard of Donald J Trump… election crimes, incitement of insurrection and sedition, impeachments, sex assaults, espionage act related charges. All promoted by Florida conservatives (so called religious people.). Full of poo poo.. going to rot in the hottest part of hell for it all 🔥

        • Impeach Biden

          August 23, 2022 at 8:49 am

          Of course you have heard of him you lying sack of human excrement. He is the idiot the Dems put up against Ron DeSantis in 2018. It’s quite possible you weren’t of voting age then but if you were I am sure you voted for this idiot. Google him and his Miami Beach party. Wow. Party on Andrew Gillum.🤣

          • Joe Corsin

            August 23, 2022 at 9:43 am

            Yeah that was many many Trump crimes ago …Gillum was a saint compared to the orange shlong… orange psycho… orange crime boss.

      • LePat

        August 23, 2022 at 2:48 pm

        ….with a special guest appearance by Hunter Biden and his latest stripper “friend.”

        • Elliott Offen

          August 23, 2022 at 3:19 pm

          Trump many sexual assaults…one rape.

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