Promising newcomer Brian Scarborough withdraws from race for Florida Senate District 7

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The newly drawn Senate District 7 doesn’t look like Scarborough Country. At least not to Brian Scarborough. The Gainesville Democrat had been one of the party’s promising newcomers and had hoped to capture the seat, which currently has no incumbent , but said Wednesday he is withdrawing because the district is drawn to favor a Republican from Clay County, reports the News Service of Florida.

Scarborough, an insurance company owner from Gainesville was the third largest fundraiser in the first quarter of this year – though an opponent for District 7, Republican Rob Bradley of Clay County was the second largest. Scarborough said the way the new Senate map is drawn makes it unlikely that a Democrat from Alachua County can win.

 “The district was clearly drawn to heavily favor a Republican from Clay County, and while I am not afraid of a hard fought election, I see no reason to waste my time and your money in a race that has almost certainly been decided by those currently in power in Tallahassee,” Scarborough said in a letter sent to supporters. He said he would refund contributions.

The sitting senator who lives in the area, Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Cross Creek, is running for Congress, and Democrats were hoping to pick up a seat. “I sincerely hope that the economic engines of our community, such as the University of Florida and Shands HealthCare System, will not be adversely impacted as a result of the loss of a senator from our area,” Scarborough wrote to his backers.

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