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Race for the House

August 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

All 120 seats in the Florida House of Representatives will be up for grabs come November. With Republicans controlling 76 seats, it will take a near miracle for the Democrats to gain control of the House this election cycle.

Already controlling 44 seats, the Democrats hope to pick up five more -- giving them enough votes to block Republicans sending proposed constitutional amendments to the voters.

There will be some new faces; only 85 incumbents are running for re-election with the rest facing term limits or seeking other office. Not all the races are competitive. Thirty of them have only one candidate while three of them feature one candidate on the ballot facing opponents running as write-ins.

30 House Elections Have Only One Candidate While 2 GOP Incumbents Have Only Write-In Foes

Thirty of the 120 November elections for House seats have candidates running without opposition.

Republicans who will win re-election by virtue of having no opposition include Janet Adkins of Fernandina Beach, Gary Aubuchon of Cape Coral, Esteban Bovo of Hialeah, Jennifer Carroll of Fleming Island, Steve Crisafulli of Merritt Island, Brad Drake of Eucheeanna, Matt Gaetz of Shalimar, Rich Glorioso of Plant City, Denise Grimsley of Lake Placid, Paige Kreegel of Punta Gorda, John Legg of Port Richey, Seth McKeel of Lakeland, Scott Plakon of Longwood, William Snyder of Stuart, Charles Van Zant of Keystone Heights, and Mike Weinstein of Orange Park.

Democrats who will win re-election without a challenge include Oscar Braynon of Miami Gardens, Charles Chestnut of Gainesville, Joe Gibbons of Hallandale Beach, Mia Jones of Jacksonville, Marty Kiar of Davie, Betty Reed of Tampa, Elaine Schwartz of Hollywood, Richard Steinberg of Miami Beach, Geri Thompson of Orlando, Perry Thurston of Plantation and Alan Williams of Tallahassee.

There are two non-incumbent candidates who will win House seats without election. Kathleen Passidomo, a Republican, is the only candidate for the seat that Rep. Tom Grady, R-Naples, is vacating. Democrat Steve Perman is the only candidate for the seat that Rep. Kevin Rader, D-Boynton Beach, is vacating.

Two Republican incumbents, Rep. Eddy Gonzalez of Hialeah Gardens and Rep. Lake Ray of Jacksonville, face only write-in opponents and appear headed back to Tallahassee for another term.

House Seats 1-5: Despite Two Open Seats, Republicans in Charge on the Panhandle

House Seats 6-10: All Eyes on Hotly Contest Battle for House Seat 9

House Seats 11-15: Incumbents Have it Easy in This Part of Florida

House Seats 16-20: Republicans Cruising on the First Coast

House Seats 21-25: Two Incumbents are Locks while New Faces Run for Open Seats

House Seats 26-30: Interesting Battles Taking Shape Along Atlantic Coast

House Seats 31-35: Different Challenges for Republican Incumbents in Central Florida

House Seats 36-40: Coast is Clear for Incumbents in Orange County

House Seats 41-45: Interesting Battles in Pasco County

House Seats 46-50: Fascinating Open Race but Most Incumbents in Solid Shape

House Seats 51-55: Most Incumbents Look Strong in Pinellas County

House Seats 56-60: Two Dem Incumbents Have it Easy but there are Close Battles in Hillsborough

House Seats 61-65: Republican Incumbents Look Safe

House Seats 66-70: At Least Three New Members Headed to the House

House Seats 71-75: Incumbents Have the Edge in 4 of the 5 Races

House Seats 76-80: Three Races Already Over, Two Republicans Face Serious Primary Challenges

House Seats 81-85: Tight Battles and Blowouts in These Races


House Seats 86-90: Dems Have a Chance at Sweeping These 5 Seats in Palm Beach County

House Seats 91-95: Tight Primary Battles Shaping Up in Broward

House Seats 96-100: Dems Set to Sweep These Seats in Broward

House Seats 101-105: South Florida Incumbents Appear Headed Back to Tallahassee

House Seats 106-110: Mix of Rookies and Incumbents in Miami-Dade

House Seats 111-115: Safe Incumbents and Open Seats in Miami-Dade

House Seats 116-120: Looks Like New Faces and Veteran Democrats for these Seats

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