Jack Latvala, Joe Negron, John Thrasher cruise in GOP primaries

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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.

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.