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Primary Elections Today, But No Votes on House District 64 Race

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A primary election for a house district covering parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties has been delayed.

The race between incumbent Republican James Grant and Republican challenger Miriam Steinberg is delayed because a circuit judge ruled that a write-in candidate, Donald John Matthews - who has no party affiliation - wasn't eligible to run in this race.

A write-in candidate would mean a closed primary election. But because of Matthews' ineligibility, the election is then open to all voters in the district, regardless of party affiliation.

But the race was only included on Republican ballots. There's not enough time to reprint ballots. Also, an appeal has been filed on the judge's decision.  

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer said what happens after the primary election during general election in November depends on the courts.

"There could be a special election afterwards if the write-in candidate remains in the race then, there would be a special election after the universal primary," he said.

Some voters might still see the House seat District 64 race on the ballot today, but votes for that race won't be counted.