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Polls galore: Republicans lead in state Senate Districts 18 & 23; race still close in SD 8

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Republicans in two state Senate districts have big leads over their Democratic opponents, while a third faces a tough race to the finish line. St. Pete Polls gauged voter support in Senate Districts 8, 18, and 23. The surveys — commissioned by FloridaPolitics.com — showed Majority Leader Dana Young has a six-point lead over Democrat Bob Buesing in Senate District 18; while Rep. Greg Steube has a nine-point lead over Frank Alcock in Senate District 23. While those races have…

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Doug Holder leads crowded Republican field in SD 23

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Doug Holder would come out on top in Senate District 23 if the Republican primary were held today. A new survey from St. Pete Polls found Holder would receive nearly 29 percent of the vote, besting a crowded Republican field. The study — which was commissioned by Florida Politics and conducted on July 26 — found Greg Steube would come in second with 23 percent of the vote, followed by Nora Patterson with 20 percent. Ray Pilon comes in fourth with 9…

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Nora Patterson announces more than 150 local endorsements in SD 23 race

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Republican Senate District 23 candidate Nora Patterson announced Wednesday that she had received endorsements from more than 150 from local leaders. “It hasn’t always been easy finding common ground on issues of concern. But I’ve learned that standing on principle and working for solutions, not grandstanding, gets the job done for the people. Standing on principle doesn’t sit well with the lobbyists and special interests, but I don’t work for them, I work for the people – always have, always…

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Matt Hudson, Kathleen Passidomo raise big for SD 23 in November, opponent fizzles

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Republican Reps. Matt Hudson and Kathleen Passidomo brought in five-figure hauls for their SD23 campaigns last month, while businessman Gary Price fizzled after months of strong fundraising. Hudson’s numbers are his best since February, and bring his to-date contribution total to more than $341,000. The term-limited representative has also kept expenses to a minimum, spending just $2,746 last month to leave his campaign with $310,209 on-hand heading into December — more than Passidomo and Price combined. The November haul came…

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Matthew Isbell: A deep dive into proposed Tampa Bay Senate maps

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One major point of contention during the first week of the Special Session to redraw the Florida Senate seats has been the Tampa Bay area. Many spectators expected the Florida Senate to abandon efforts to cross the Tampa Bay from Pinellas to Hillsborough County, which they did in two districts in 2012. You can see this in the map below. The 19th district was used to create an African-American seat in the Tampa Bay region. Meanwhile, the 22nd district combined…

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Jack Latvala headlining Gary Price SD 23 fundraiser on Oct. 12

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State Sen. Jack Latvala will be the special guest at fundraiser for Republican business executive Gary Price to support his bid for Senate District 23. Price, who served a decade as Naples city councilman, is seeking to succeed the term-limited Garrett Richter for the Republican-leaning seat covering southern and central Lee and northwestern Collier counties. The event is Monday, October 12, at The Club at Grandezza, an exclusive golf resort in Estero, starting at 11:30 a.m. with a $250-per-person private…

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