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‘Blue’ votes may have been Broward sheriff’s undoing

“What the hell happened?”

Less than 24 hours after Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti lost his bid for reelection, he appeared Wednesday on the Big 105.9’s Paul and Young Ron Show, struggling to answer the host’s question.

Going into Tuesday, Lamberti seemed to have the pieces required for a win over challenger Scott Israel, despite being a Republican in a predominantly Democratic county: endorsements, money, high visibility and experience from having pulled off a win over the same opponent in 2008.

“I thought Lamberti was probably more vulnerable in 2008 than this cycle,” said Jim Kane, a longtime Broward pollster.

The results said otherwise, with Democrat Israel defeating Lamberti, one of the most visible Republicans in Broward, by about 45,000 votes.

Israel, 56, a longtime Fort Lauderdale officer and former North Bay Village police chief, had been working part time in private security consulting the last few years. He will take over the helm of the Broward Sheriff’s Office in January.

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