Equality Florida sees the primary elections as a success this year. More than 80% of the candidates endorsed by the LGBT organization won their races and will be on the ballot in the Nov. 2 election.
Democrat Alex Sink easily won the primary over Brian Moore and, while she has said she doesn’t support same-sex marriage, she does believe same-sex civil unions should be recognized by the state.
Republican Rick Scott, who attacked opponent Bill McCollum for supporting “pro-homosexual rights” during an intense battle toward the primaries, barely edged out McCollum in the Aug. 24 primary by a mere four percentage points. Scott referenced McCollum’s backing of Rudy Giuliani for president in 2008.
McCollum came under attack over LGBT issues after his star witness, George Reker, testified in favor of Florida’s ban on adoption by gay people and was later photographed vacationing with a rentboy.
In the attorney general’s race, LGBT equality advocate and Democrat Dan Gelber will face Republican Pam Bondi on election day.
Democrat Kendrick Meek, who has supported the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is now in the race for Senate after edging out his only opponent, Jeff Greene. Meek will run against Republican Marc Rubio, who has shown no support for LGBT equality, and Independent Charlie Crist.