With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Lawson had 48 percent to Brown’s 39 percent. A third Democratic candidate, LaShonda Holloway, had 13 percent.
Lawson won despite being vastly outspent by Brown. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Brown’s “Aug. 10 campaign finance report showed $483,949 in total receipts, including $50,000 of her own money. Lawson raised $255,678 for his campaign, including $101,000 of his own.”