Steve Schale’s 10 most interesting state legislative races

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“With qualifying over, there is now a chance to look at the field as a whole and the races to watch,” writes Democratic strategist Steve Schale in the blog post of the day.  “The following ten races aren’t necessarily ranked in the order of the most competitive, or the most likely to flip, but instead from my perspective, are going to be the most interesting to watch.” Here are Schale’s must-watch state legislative races (be sure to click here to read Schale’s thumbnail explanations):

10.  Darren Soto v Will McBride. (Senate District 14); 9. Scott Plakon vs Karen Castor Dental (House District 30); 8. Mack Bernard vs Jeff Clemens (Dem Primary, Senate District 27); 7. Alex Diaz de la Portilla/Gus Barriero v Javier Jose Rodriguez (Primary/General, House District 112); 6.  Tom Lee vs Rachel Burgin (GOP primary, Senate District 24); 5. Dwight Dudley v Frank Farkas (House District 68); 4. Jeff Brandes v Jim Frishe (GOP primary, Senate District 22); 3. Mike Weinstein vs Aaron Bean (GOP primary, Senate District 4); 2. Frank Bruno vs Dorothy Hukill (Senate District 8); 1. Maria Sachs v Ellyn Bogdanoff (Senate District 34).

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