Is Rep. Erik Fresen’s State House seat in play?

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Is Rep. Erik Fresen’s State House seat in play?

My friends at the Political Hurricane think so. In their latest ratings of State House races, they have moved HD 114 — pitting incumbent Fresen against environmentalist Ross Hancock — from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.”

This district, where Alex Sink got 49.27%  2010, is trending Democratic. Fresen has been dogged by ethical controversies and Hancock is doing well walking the district and picking up support from younger NPAs and University of Miami college students.

“Heavy voter registration on the UM campus is bringing thousands of first-time progressive voters into the District 114 race,” said Hancock. “Meanwhile, new polls showing independents tilting toward Nelson and Joe Garcia have to be good news for my campaign in a district that had a slight Republican tilt.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.