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John Houman — the forgotten man that stands between Darryl Rouson and a seat in the Florida Senate

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At a Tampa Tiger Bay event last month, Ed Narain joked that he wasn’t sure that John Houman actually existed, since he hadn’t previously seen the lone Republican in the race on the campaign trail. Part of that was because all of the focus on the Senate District 19 race was on the Democratic primary, ultimately won by last week by House District 70 state Rep. Darryl Rouson by less than 80 votes over Narain. So as attention now moves to November,…

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Recount update: Darryl Rouson now leads Ed Narain by 75 votes in SD 19 race

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(UPDATE) After provisional ballots were counted by the separate Hillsborough and Pinellas County canvassing boards Thursday, Darryl Rouson’s lead over Ed Narain grew to 75 votes in the race for the Florida state Senate District 19. The contest appears certainly headed for a machine recount on Friday, as the final margin of 75 votes out more than 37,000 cast is less than one-half of the percent required for an automatic recount. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner made the official call, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Roughly three-fourths…

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SD 19 candidates talk about early education and getting bills passed in a GOP Legislature

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It’s always challenging for any Democrat to get a bill they sponsored passed in the Florida Legislature. And with Republicans continuing to dominate the House and Senate, it’s sometimes difficult to hear them boast about what they’ll accomplish in Tallahassee on the campaign trail, when the reality is much starker. At Tuesday night’s Senate District 19 forum focusing on early childhood education at the Robert W. Saunders Library in Tampa, the three men and one woman looking to succeed Arthenia Joyner talked…

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Augie Ribeiro pumps another $100K into his SD 19 campaign

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Democrat Augie Ribeiro has pumped another $100,000 of his own money into his campaign against three current and former lawmakers in the newly redrawn Senate District 19. The St. Petersburg attorney has now loaned or contributed more than $500,000 to his campaign in the district, which covers parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Outside of self-funding, Ribeiro brought in just over $6,000 in contributions between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12, while spending about $150,000 for an on-hand total of $33,761 at the…

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Augie Ribeiro ups ante in SD 19, loans his campaign another $100K

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St. Petersburg Democrat Augie Ribeiro upped the ante in the four-way primary for Senate District 19 by tossing in another $100,000 of his own money at the beginning of August. The trial lawyer and CEO of Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith has now put more than $400,000 of his money into the campaign for the newly drawn district, which covers parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Outside of his money, Ribeiro picked up $4,800 in contributions between July 30 and Aug.…

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