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Eric Eisnaugle Breezes Back to Florida House after Stunning Special Election Victory

Eric Eisnaugle, who won the District 44 Republican primary March 11, is headed back to the Florida House after defeating Democrat Shaun Raja, 74 percent to 26 percent, in a special election Tuesday.

The District 44 seat, which covers portions of west and southwest Orange County, came open when Rep. Steve Precourt stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

First elected to the Florida House in 2008, Eisnaugle was redistricted in 2012 and found himself in the same district as Precourt. Eisnaugle stepped aside and bypassed running in 2012 to focus on returning to Tallahassee in 2014.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry congratulated Eisnaugle Tuesday night.

"Eisnaugles impressive victories in both the primary and tonights general election show that Orlando voters embrace Erics vision and leadership," said Curry.

Eisnaugle won the Republican primary March 11 with over 85 percent of the vote.

Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli added, "Erics track record of leadership will allow him to serve his Orange County constituents well. It is obvious that his message of job growth and fiscal responsibility resonated with the voters of his district.

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