It’s not the party, it’s the after-party: See where statewide candidates are celebrating Election Day
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Election Party
When the voting is done, candidates will celebrate.

Election Night parties are a rite of passage for candidates, whether a seasoned political veteran or running for the first time.

Some will celebrate victory. Others will bid farewell to a hard-fought, but ultimately unsuccessful effort, looking to supporters for solace in defeat.

Florida has several statewide contests on the ballot this Midterm Election, from the U.S. Senate race at the top of the ticket to Governor and members of the cabinet.

Here’s where candidates will be gathering this year.

— U.S. Senate —

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio: Rubio will celebrate in his hometown Miami Election Night at the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon, located at 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive.

Press will be on hand beginning at 5 p.m. with doors opening for guests at 6:30 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Val Demings: Demings will celebrate Election Night in her hometown Orlando, where she was the former Chief of Police. Press set-up begins at 3 p.m. with doors open to guests at 6 p.m. Location available upon RSVP.

— Governor —

Gov. Ron DeSantis: DeSantis, if polls are any indication, will likely celebrate victory Tuesday night as he and supporters gather at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa.

Charlie Crist: Crist will gather supporters at the Hilton Carillon Hotel in St. Petersburg, located at 950 Lake Carillon Dr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

— Chief Financial Officer —

Jimmy Patronis: Patronis will celebrate at Captain Anderson’s, located at 5551 N. Lagoon Dr. in Panama City. Doors open at 6 p.m. Central Time. The campaign is asking those planning to attend to RSVP at [email protected] or fill out an RSVP e-form at

— Attorney General —

Ashley Moody: Moody will join Gov. DeSantis at the Tampa Convention Center.

— U.S. House —

CD 2

U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn: Dunn will celebrate at the Holiday Inn located at 2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Panama City. Doors open at 6:30.

CD 3

Danielle Hawk: Hawk and her campaign will celebrate Election Night at the Depot Event Space, located at 201 SE Depot Ave. in Gainesville. Doors open at 6:30.

CD 4

Aaron Bean: Bean and team will celebrate at the Courtyard & Springhill Suites Amelia Island, located at 2700 Atlantic Ave. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

CD 9

Scotty Moore: Moore will celebrate at the Renaissance Orlando Airport, located at 5445 Forbes Place. Doors open at 7 p.m. Light snacks and a cash bar are provided.

CD 13

Eric Lynn: Lynn and team will celebrate at Ballparks & Rec at Tropicana Field, located at 1 Tropicana Dr. in St. Petersburg. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is for RSVP only.

CD 15

Laurel Lee: Lee will celebrate at the Tampa Palm Golf & Country Club, located at 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. in Tampa. Doors open at 7 p.m.

CD 19

Cindy Banyai: Banyai and her campaign will celebrate at Post 38, located at 1857 Jackson St. in Fort Myers. Doors open at 6 p.m.

— Florida Senate —

SD 3

Corey Simon: Simon and team will celebrate at Proof Brewing Company, located at 1320 South Monroe St. in Tallahassee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SD 14

Janet Cruz: Cruz will be at Bella Brava Midtown located at 1015 Gramercy Ln. in Tampa.

SD 18

Eunic Ortiz: Ortiz will watch results come in at Dissent Craft Brewing Company, located at 5518 Haines Road North in St. Petersburg. The event begins at 7.

— Florida House —

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Lindsay Cross: Cross will await election results and celebrate with campaign staff and supporters at Hops 2.0, located at 225 Second Ave. North in St. Petersburg. The event begins at 7.

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Andrew Learned: Learned will gather with supporters at The Patio at Winthrop Liquors, located at 11127 Winthrop Market St. in Riverview. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Danny Alvarez: Alvarez will join supporters at JF Kicks Restaurant and Patio Bar, located at 3345 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Dan Daley: Daley and his campaign will gather at Tavolino Della Notte, located at 10181 W. Sample Rd. in Coral Springs. The celebration begins at 7 p.m.

HD 100

Linda Thompson Gonzalez: Thompson Gonzalez will watch election results roll in at Fishtales restaurant located at 3355 NE 33rd St. in Fort Lauderdale beginning at 6:30.

— Jacksonville Sheriff —

Lakesha Burton: Burton will celebrate from Southbank Hotel, located at 1515 Prudential Dr. in Jacksonville. Doors open at 6:30.

— Groups —

North Florida Land Trust: The group, which backs Nassau County’s conservation bond proposal, will host an election watch party at Mocama Beer Company, located at 629 S 8th St. in Fernandina Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Republican Party of Sarasota: The Sarasota GOP is hosting a “red tsunami” election night party at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, located at 3000 Ringling Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be live music and a cash bar.

Orlando Democrats: Several Democratic candidates, including Reps. Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith, congressional candidate Maxwell Alejandro Frost and others will celebrate together at The Abbey, located at 100 S. Eola Dr. in Orlando. The event begins at 7.

Collier County Democratic Party: County Dems will await election results at the South Street Bar and Grill, located at 1410 Pine Ridge Rd., Suite 4 in Naples. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The celebration will be located in the venue’s private room.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Previous to his publishing efforts, Peter was a political consultant to dozens of congressional and state campaigns, as well as several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterSchorschFL.

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