Preliminary results are in for Washington County's Primary Election. Voter turnout was 28.1 percent.
All precincts have now reported:
In local races, voters chose Republican Lora C. Bell to face off against Melissa Whitson and Steve Whittington in the November General Election, both who are running without party affiliation. The winner of that race will take office effective nearly immediately to fill the unexpired term of former clerk, Linda Cook, and will have to run again when the term is up in 2016.
Bell carried 39.95 percent of the votes, followed by Peggy Gilmore Gay at 37.92 percent and Carnette "Keith Adkison with 19.84 percent.
Joel Pate lost his bid for re-election to the Board of Commissioners District 2 seat to challenger Charles Kent who garnered 63.1 percent to Pate's 34.92 percent.
In state and regional races, Brad Drake defeated opponent Jan Hooks in the Republican primary for the District 5 State Representative seat, and voters chose Judge Jim Fensom over challengers Shalene Grover and Gerard Virga for the 14th Judicial Circuit seat.
Former Governor Charlie Crist won the Democratic nomination and will challenge Republican Governor Rick Scott in November. Voters also favored George Sheldon over Perry Thurston in the Democratic primary for Attorney General. Sheldon will face Republican incumbent Pam Bondi in November.
Look for more details, included a break down of how each precinct voted, in the August 30 edition of the Washington County News.