ORLANDO SENTINEL: Buddy Dyer wins as incumbents sweep City Council races

By Jeff Weiner - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer comfortably held off big-spending challenger Paul Paulson at the polls Tuesday, winning a fourth full term in office, as two other incumbents on the City Council also claimed victory.

With all but one precinct reporting, Dyer carried 62.6 percent of the vote compared to 33.2 for Paulson, the best-funded foe Dyer has faced in a city election.

The city's longest-serving incumbent, she won a fifth term in office with 68.9 percent of the vote, holding off Randy Ross with 19.9 and repeat challenger Aretha Olivarez with 11.2.

Sunshine Linda-Marie Grund finished a distant third, with about 4.3 percent.

The race for District 6 was tighter, but Sam Ings held off a crowded field to win a third full term, attracting 51.8 percent of the vote to Nathan Chambers'17.5, Lawanna Gelzer's 12.7, Marcus Robinson's 13.3 and Ka'Juel Washington's 4.6.

Meanwhile, District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan cruised.

Despite the big spending by both Paulson and Dyer, turnout in the race was only 14.65 percent, less than in 2012, the last time a mayor's race was on the city ballot.

The victors will begin their new terms Jan. 11.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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