Florida Keys voters came out in record numbers for the general election, with the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections reporting a turnout of at least 84%.
Incumbents did well — except one Democratic Monroe County Commissioner, Heather Carruthers, who at press time was trailing Republican Eddie Martinez.
“I’m still in shock,” Martinez said Tuesday night. “I can’t wait to serve the county. I attribute my win to the red wave that came through Monroe County.”
But Carruthers, who has been on the commission since 2008, noted that the slim margin of vote could trigger an automatic recount under Florida law and possibly a hand count.
At 9 p.m., Martinez was ahead by 162 votes with all 33 precincts in. But some absentee ballots were still coming in.
Monroe County Supervisor Joyce Griffin said the race was too close to call.
In Key West, District 6 City Commissioner Clayton