Florida Prosecutor Who Charged Zimmerman Could Lose Election


The Florida prosecutor who unsuccessfully charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder after he shot Trayvon Martin could lose her bid for re-election.

Angela Corey faces two opponents in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for the state attorney’s office, which handles three northeast Florida counties. Polls have shown Corey trailing.

Her two opponents have questioned her handling of the Zimmerman case as one reason she should leave office at the end of her eight-year tenure.

Corey has won the backing of many establishment leaders in Jacksonville, but the National Rifle Association is backing her opponent Melissa Nelson, a former prosecutor. A third former prosecutor, Wes White, is also running.

Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 for fatally shooting Martin, a case that drew international attention and spurred national discussions about race and self-defense laws. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic. Martin was black.

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