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A closer look at Fort Lauderdale’s District 4 election results reveals a very competitive landscape. 

Seven candidates campaigned for the commissioner seat formerly held by Ben Sorensen, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in Congressional District 23. Warren Sturman, who placed second to Sorensen in 2018, won the race by just 49 votes over political newcomer Kevin Cochrane.

Located in the southern part of the city, District 4 has 13 of Fort Lauderdale’s 46 precincts. Data from the Broward Supervisor of Elections show the district has 36,148 active voters with 35.9% registered Democrats, 31% Republican and 30.8% unaffiliated.

White voters make up 71% of the electorate, followed by 13% for Hispanic voters and 7% for Black voters.

The top of a ticket was split as Democrat Val Demings edged Republican Marco Rubio by just 11 votes in the Senate campaign, while Ron DeSantis defeated Charlie Crist, 51.6% to 47.7% in the governor’s race.

Seven precincts in the district’s western section are in Congressional District 25, where Debbie Wasserman Schultz nipped Carla Spalding, 46.4% to 45.7%. The other six precincts are in Congressional District 23, where Jared Moskowitz beat Joe Budd, 49.3% to 48.7%.

In the commissioner’s race, which saw active voter participation of 42%, Sturman’s margins in the Harbordale and Tarpon River areas were the difference. Cochrane took five precincts, including the coastal R013. A gay man and marathon runner, Cochrane entered the race after leading a successful effort to thwart a proposed downtown micro-housing project by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Note To Readers: This is the third installment in a series of precinct breakdowns from the 2022 midterms.


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