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Negative ad blitz sank Matt Hudson in Senate District 28

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A barrage of negative advertising was likely a key contributor to Rep. Matt Hudson’s defeat in Senate District 28. A Naples Republican and longtime state legislator, Hudson entered the race to replace Sen. Garrett Richter with a massive fundraising lead. Ultimately, he raised nearly $1.5 million between his official campaign account and political committee. But the war chest wasn’t enough to beat back the effects of a negative ad blitz, funded largely by groups with ties to the Florida Medical…

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Candidates use Rick Scott’s praise to try to boost their primary chances

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Some state Senate candidates may be getting a little boost from Gov. Rick Scott. Ritch Workman in Senate District 17 and Kathleen Passidomo in Senate District 28 have released advertisements featuring Scott. In both of the ads, Scott is shown touting their accomplishments. “When Gov. Scott needed a big job done, he called in the Workman,” an announcer says in a 30-second spot for Workman. “He’s one of the hardest working members of the Florida Legislature, and I got to work closely with him when we…

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Write-in candidates qualify in two Southwest Florida state Senate races

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Southwest Florida will have closed primaries in two state Senate races, after write-in candidates filed to run for office in the waning days of the qualifying period. Lizbeth Benacquisto will face Jason Maughan in the Senate District 27 Republican primary. On Tuesday, Cape Coral resident Dakota Austin Eads filed and qualified to run for the seat as a write-in candidate. That decision closes the Aug. 30 primary, meaning only registered Republicans can vote in the primary. Benacquisto is well-liked in…

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Endorsement roundup: Matt Hudson, Beth Tuura, Bob Rommel pick up support

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A trio of candidates picked up significant endorsements Wednesday morning: state Rep. Matt Hudson for Senate District 28, Beth Tuura in House District 47 and Bob Rommel for House District 106. Endorsing Hudson is the Collier County Republican Executive Committee, which announced its support of the state representative after a meeting Tuesday night. With 66 of the 83 votes cast, as reported by the Naples Daily News, the committee recommended Hudson as the best candidate to represent SD 28, which…

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Future Senate leadership lining up behind Kathleen Passidomo

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Kathleen Passidomo can add members of the Senate’s future leadership to her list of supporters. Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano, Sen. Wilton Simpson, and House Majority Whip Jim Boyd are scheduled to host a fundraiser for Passidomo’s Senate District 28 bid on June 21 in Bradenton. Both Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, and Simpson, a Trilby Republican, are believed to be in line for the Senate presidency if Republicans keep the majority. Passidomo faces Rep. Matt Hudson, a Naples Republican, in…

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Race to replace Nancy Detert heats up, 3 years out

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More than three years out, the race to take over for Venice Republican Sen. Nancy Detert is heating up. Republican Nora Patterson jumped into the Senate District 28 race Monday, making her the second candidate in the race after former District 74 Rep. Doug Holder filed in January 2013. Patterson is a former member of the Sarasota county and city commissions and has also served city’s mayor. Patterson’s long political career and name recognition undoubtedly gives her good footing in…

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