Primary decides nearly half of legislative seats

TALLAHASSEE — The winners of almost half of the 120 Florida House seats have already been decided — or are all but decided.

After Tuesday’s primary elections, 46 seats have been won, either by candidates running unopposed or by candidates who emerged from the primaries without opposition in the November general election. Meanwhile, another 13 candidates will face only write-in opponents in November, virtually assuring election.

Those candidates include Rep. Doug Broxson, R-Midway, in District 3; Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, in District 8; Rep. Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake City, in District 10; Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, in District 16; Rep. Bruce Antone, D-Orlando, in District 46; Tampa Democrat Ed Narain in District 61; Venice Republican Julio Gonzalez in District 74; Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, in District 77; Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, in District 78; Rep. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, in District 88; Rep. Hazelle Rogers, D-Lauderdale Lakes, in District 95; and Pompano Beach Democrat Kristin Jacobs in District 96.

Also facing only a write-in candidate in November will be the winner of the too-close-to-call House District 15 primary between Jacksonville Republicans Jay Fant and Paul Renner.

The Florida Senate, meanwhile, likely will see little turnover in the November elections. Half of the 40 Senate seats were up for election this year. Eight incumbents were unopposed, and Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, assured herself of another term by winning a primary in Southwest Florida’s District 30.

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