Longtime state lawmaker Mike Bennett on Tuesday won the race to be Manatee County's next elections supervisor.
With all 113 precincts reporting, Bennett, a Republican, won with 57.1 percent of the vote.
Democrat Charles Williams Jr. a first-time candidate, had 41.6 percent of the vote.
Write-in candidate Rodney "Smokey" Smithley had 1.4 percent.
Bennett, a Republican from Bradenton, has an overwhelming cash advantage, and more robust resume from his 12 years in the Florida Legislature.