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George Gainer becomes instant winner in SD 2

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George Gainer is on his way to the Florida Senate. The Bay County Republican won the Senate District 2 seat Friday after no other candidate qualified for the race. “I am humbled and honored to have been elected without drawing another candidate to run against me,” Gainer said in a statement. “From the first day I announced my candidacy, I have worked to visit with as many voters as possible throughout the district. They have my pledge that my door is…

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Senate candidates boost campaign coffers despite running unopposed

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They might be running unopposed, but that isn’t stopping Florida Senate candidates from raking in the campaign cash. Campaign finance reports were due Monday. And while there’re several hotly contested races this election cycle, candidates in 19 of the state’s 40 Senate districts are running unopposed. But that isn’t stopping them building up their campaign coffers. Senate District 5 —Sen. Rob Bradley has created one of the largest campaign war chests this election cycle. The Fleming Island Republican is running…

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Family matters: Excitement builds for western Panhandle Senate primary

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Florida’s western Panhandle has not been exactly known as a hotbed of electoral campaigns during recent election cycles. The region stretching from Pensacola to Panama City is steadfastly Republican in registration and in electoral dominance. GOP primaries decide most fights in the region, and incumbency has ensured few contentious primaries outside of local offices. The region is made up of Congressional District 1, part of Congressional District 2, Senate District 1 and Senate District 2. Several State House districts dot the landscape,…

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Greg Evers eyes Congress if Jeff Miller runs for U.S. Senate

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Florida’s political landscape shuffles once again as U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller considers a run for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Now, there is also a healthy dose of déjà vu. Republican State Sen. Greg Evers, who ran to replace Miller in 2001 after he left Tallahassee for Congress, told reporters he is looking again to replace Miller, this time in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. “I would like to follow in his footsteps,” Evers, a two-term GOP senator from Baker, told reporter…

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