|Published:||Aug 25, 2010 9:30 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 25, 2010 6:30 PM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Legislative incumbents ruled the day in Florida's primary voting.
The closest race was in the state's Big Bend region where challenger Jimmie Smith held a 415 vote lead over incumbent Rep. Ron Schultz, a margin just outside that which would require an automatic recount. Should Smith's lead hold up, Schultz would be the lone legislative incumbent defeated on Tuesday.
Another Republican incumbent, Rep. John Tobia of Satellite Beach, held a 191 vote advantage over challenger Lori Halbert in their central Florida race.
Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff defeated Rep. Carl Domino to win the GOP nomination for an open seat being vacated by Senate President Jeff Atwater. Bogdanoff will face Democrat Rep. Kelly Skidmore in November.
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