It’s too soon to say whether or not Jamie Grant will be re-elected to his House District 64 seat. But not really. He will be elected and everyone knows this. Grant, who was first elected in 2010, is literally the only name on the ballot for the special election being held Tuesday. Voters will head to the polls in parts of both Hillsborough and Pinellas to cast their ballots in Grant’s shoo-in bid. Early voting in the election wrapped up over the weekend.
He’s already missed most of this year’s legislative session because of a legal challenge involving a write-in candidate. That write-in candidate, whose name is really not important, didn’t live in District 64 at the time he filed. At that time, Grant had a Republican challenger.
If the race had been just between Miriam Steinberg and Grant, the two would have gone head to head in an open primary because there was no Democratic challenger. However, because there was a write-in candidate, it forced the primary to be closed – meaning Democrats, independents and any other party affiliations couldn’t vote. It also required a general election.