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Gualtieri Beats Rice for Republican Nod for Sheriff

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fended off a challenge by former sheriff Everett Rice in Tuesday's primary election.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will be on the Republican ticket in November.

Gualtieri fended off challenger and former sheriff Everett Rice in Tuesday's primary, picking up about 57 percent of the vote to Rice's 42 percent.

All 299 precincts had reported by 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website.

A technical glitch , according to Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. Vote totals had to be delivered to the elections office in Largo to be counted.

Gualtieri celebrated his victory Tuesday evening at Bascom's Chop House in Clearwater. Rice's campaign held a private gathering in Treasure Island.

Gualtieri was appointed interim sheriff , after Jim Coats retired from the job.

He will face Democratic challenger Scott Swope and independent candidate Greg Pound in the November general election.

In another ballot showdown, Republican State Rep. Peter Nehr, representing District 65 in North Pinellas, easily held off three challengers, winning 53 percent of the vote.

To see updated election results from the Aug. 14, 2012, primary elections in Pinellas County, visit this link.

InsiderMyself August 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Bob cut the ONLY officer in Pinellas for Human Trafficking. Florida is number ONE in this crime. Then he puts money into Pinellas "hope" and thinks thats a good use of taxpayer dollars for LAW ENFORCEMENT. And...all the bath salt stations have Gooly signs! GO SWOPE!!! Run Rice supporters to his office! Swope's the REAL DEAL!!!
Hook August 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I wonder how long it will take all the primary losers to get their signs off the roadways of Pinellas County?
Brynn L August 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Hook. Your comments are absolutely correct!
Brynn L August 15, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Gonna take a loss on my home and get the hell outta here!
Maggy Mae August 16, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Vote SWOPE. Otherwise, Pinellas County is going to continue to decline. Brynn, you're exactly right. Gualtieri cannot see the forest for the trees. Crime has increased in his tenure, and no amount of statistic juggling can continue to prove otherwise. Take a look at the Pinellas County crime viewer online. Plug in all streets you want. All the info is there. Oh, and if he wants to say crime is decreasing, it's because his deputies are so afraid to be proactive (G is a control freak and must be consulted one every move) that they simply turn their heads. Vote SWOPE!

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