Leading Republican Sens. John Thrasher, Jack Latvala and Joe Negron each appear to have little problem cruising to victory in Tuesday night’s primary contests.
As of 8 p.m., Thrasher, the St. Augustine Republican chairs the powerful Senate Rules Committee, received about 71 percent of the vote in the contest against Derek Hankerson in Senate District 6, which includes parts of St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia and Putnam Counties.
In November, Thrasher will face Democrat Kathleen Trued and no-party candidate Greg Feldman
Negron, a Stuart Republican who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, took around 85 percent of the vote against Brandon Cannon in Senate District 32, which covers parts of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach Counties.
Negron faces Democrat Bruno Moore in November.
Meanwhile, Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who chairs the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, received 87 percent of the vote in his primary against Zahid Roy in Pinellas County’s Senate District 20.
Latvala faces Libertarian Tony Caso in November.