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Jackie Toledo easily defeats David Singer in House District 60 race

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Republican Jackie Toledo has defeated Democrat David Singer in the House District 60 race, 57 percent to 43 percent.

The 40-year-old Toledo ran an intriguing race, choosing to eschew any interviews and (mostly) ignoring the verbal slings and arrows from Singer, who ran a centrist campaign with a strong pitch to independents and moderate Republicans.

Toledo barely edged out Rebecca Smith in the primary, but had no problem in dispensing of Singer, who ran an aggressive campaign, consistently trying to tie Toledo’s policies to those of Donald Trump. Some of that stemmed from Toledo’s stance in the GOP primary, where she campaigned on a tough on illegal immigration platform, a stance she dropped once she got into the general.

The Republican Party of Florida poured tens of thousands of dollars into the race. Singer was hoping he’d get a similar infusion of cash from the state Democratic Party, but that never occurred.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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