Republicans scrambling to find a replacement after Rep. Mike Horner quits race for HD 42

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State Rep. Mike Horner’s decision to quit his campaign for re-election amid a prostitution scandal has transformed what had been a safe GOP seat into one of the most competitive legislative elections in Central Florida, reports Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel.

… “Obviously, the dynamics have changed,” said Christian Ulvert, a political consultant helping to direct House campaigns for the Florida Democratic Party. “We’re looking at it very closely.”

… The Democratic nominee in the district is little-known Eileen Game, a business owner from Frostproof who has raised only about $6,000 from contributors but also loaned her campaign $10,300.

… Several names are already circulating among activists. At the top of the list: Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson, R-Kissimmee. Attkisson served in the House from 2000 until 2008, when he was forced out by term limits. Horner was his successor.

Other rumored names include Ken Smith, a former Osceola County commissioner and former mayor of Kissimmee; and Jimmy Nelson, the chairman of the Polk County Republican Party.

More from Garcia here.

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