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Daniel Webster defeats Justin Grabelle in CD 11

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Daniel Webster defeated Justin Grabelle in the Republican Primary for Florida’s 11th Congressional District. Webster won by taking 59 percent of the vote to Grabelle’s 41 percent. Webster will now take on Democrat Dave Koller and independent Bruce Ray Riggs in November.

Although Webster has served in the House for the past six years, this is his first run for office in CD 11, a vast district which includes parts of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. He has been serving in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, but after redistricting last year made the seat virtually unwinnable for a Republican, Webster opted to run for the seat after Republican incumbent Rich Nugent announced last fall that he would not run for re-election.

Grabelle had served as Nugent’s chief-of-staff and was initially viewed to be the odds-on favorite to win the seat, especially after getting Nugent’s endorsement. But that was before Webster decided to enter the race.

Webster will now take on Kollar in the fall. It’s the Democrat’s second straight shot at trying to win the solidly GOP-leaning seat.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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