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Congressional Democrats Rack Up Big Wins in South Florida Primaries

August 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

Three Democrats representing South Florida in Congress cruised to easy wins in the primaries on Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. easily bested two candidates in the primary. With 99.6 percent of the votes counted, Hastings was far ahead with 79 percent of the vote. Jean Enright, who sits on the Palm Beach County Port Commission, stood in distant second with 14.4 percent while former heavyweight boxing contender Jameel McCline was in single digits with 6.6 percent.

Hastings, who was first elected to Congress back in 1992, will be a heavy favorite in November in this strongly Democratic district but he does have two opponents. Jay Bonner has the Republican nomination while Luis Fernandez is running with no party affiliation.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., who was first elected to Congress in a special election back in 2010, had an even easier time in his primary. With all votes counted, Deutch ran over Emmanuel Morel, a retired investigator for the U.S. Labor Department, in Tuesdays primary. Deutch took 91.7 percent of the primary vote while Morel carried 8.3 percent.

Deutch does have an opponent in the general election: write-in candidate Mike Trout who ran for Congress back in 2012 with little success.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., also scored a big win in the primary, beating attorney Michael Etienne who is the city clerk of North Miami. Wilson routed Etienne on Tuesday. With 97.5 percent of votes in, Wilson took 80.5 percent of the votes while Etienne took the remaining 19.5 percent,

Wilson represents a heavily Democratic district though she does have three opponents in the general election. Republican Dufirstson Neree and NPA candidate Luis Fernandez both made the ballot to challenge Wilson. Alejandro Walters is running as a write-in candidate.

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