|Published:||Jan 15, 2011 9:36 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 15, 2011 6:36 PM EST|
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The Republican Party of Florida has a new chairman.
Party activists elected former state Rep. Dave Bitner as their new leader Saturday. He beat party vice chair Deborah Cox-Roush in a runoff vote after failing to get a majority in the first vote of a five-way race.
Bitner will replace Sen. John Thrasher, who took over the party when Jim Greer resigned last February among allegations of misuse of party money. Greer has since been indicted on grand theft charges.
Thrasher said when he was elected that he would only serve until he could be replaced after the November election.
Florida Republicans had one of their best election years ever, electing candidates to governor, U.S. Senate, all three Cabinet positions and making gains in the Legislature and Congress.
- Woman's throat slit by daughter's boyfriend, 15
- Doctors find Mesac Damas incompetent to stand trial
- Woman allegedly steals iPhone 5S from Verizon Store
- Vehicle catches fire on Oil Well Rd.
- Salvage crews raise sunken luxury yacht
- CCSO investigates possible link in Waffle House robberies
- Dump truck and car crash on SW 20th Ave.
- Driver in crash that killed Cypress Lake grad was drunk
- Lee's family talks about new 911 dispatcher training
- Estero firefighters rescue impaled seagull