Pasco County Sheriff candidate Kim Bogart was hosting a watch party in the kitchen of his New Port Richey area home Tuesday night when it became clear voting wasn't going in his favor.
Bogart’s most recent bid to become Pasco County’s top cop came to an end even before it was reported that votes from all precincts in Pasco had been tallied.
Bogart, 60, is a former captain and major with the Pasco sheriff’s office.
He hoped to oust incumbent Sheriff Chris Nocco. He ran his campaign this election season under the slogan "Public Safety, Not Politics."
But early voting and absentee results alone, projected on a TV in Bogart’s home, showed Nocco was gaining the upper hand on Election Night by a large margin.
Then precinct numbers started coming in. Bogart's family and supporters, about 15-20 people in all, were there to see.
Bogart was loathe to discuss the polling results.
“I congratulate Chris on his win,” he said. “I have a team that worked very hard.”
Bogart had run against Nocco’s predecessor Bob White for the job of sheriff in 2008 and lost by 4,000 votes.
When asked if he was going to run again, he said “I’m done.”
With 108 of 110 precincts reporting in, Bogart garnered 68,428 votes or 34.87 percent in Tuesday's race. Nocco had 127,813 or 65.13 percent of the vote.