Yvonne Hayes Hinson vs. Hollye Merton
Winning close to two-thirds of the vote, Yvonne Hayes Hinson glided into her second term as a state House representative, this time for District 21.
In keeping incumbent Yvonne Hayes Hinson, a majority of voters chose to advocate for more liberal policies, including expanding abortion rights and strengthening gun control legislation. Merton, on the other hand, has been a staunch advocate for Second Amendment rights throughout her campaign.
Hinson fundraised more than $74,000 and spent about $30,000, while Merton only raised about $10,000 and spent $7,500.
Chuck Clemons vs. Brandon Peters
About 56% of voters in District 22 selected Chuck Clemons over Brandon Peters to serve in their district’s state House seat.
Clemons has held the District 21 seat since 2016, while Peters was a political newcomer having never held public office.
Peters put up a fight in campaign contributions, raising more than $200,000, but Clemons outpaced him with more than $388,000 in donations. The incumbent’s top donors include the Florida House Republican Campaign Committee, the Republican Party of Florida, the Florida Police Benevolent Association and the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee.
Clemons spent more than $201,000, while Peters’ expenditures totaled nearly $157,000.
Keith Perry vs. Rodney Long
Keith Perry claimed more than 65% of the vote over Rodney Long for the District 9 state Senate seat.
Perry has held the District 8 seat since 2016, and before that, he served in the Florida House for six years. Rodney Long has not held state office, but he served as a former city commissioner and mayor of Gainesville, in addition to serving as Alachua County commissioner. He ran against his friend Yvonne Hayes Hinson for the District 20 state House seat but lost. He did not want to run against her again and opted to campaign for state Senate, instead.
The Republican incumbent raised more than $313,000 and only spent about $124,000, while Long raised more than $65,000 and spent a good portion of it — more than $58,000.
Blaise Ingoglia vs. Brian Patrick Moore
Blaise Ingoglia won 75% of the vote, claiming the District 11 Florida Senate seat over Brian Patrick Moore. The newly redistricted seat encompasses most of Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties, as well as a small portion of Pasco County.
State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia sought to advance from his current position in the Florida House to a seat in the Florida Senate. Previously, Rep. Ingoglia served as the chairman of the Florida Republican Party for two terms. The Republican candidate is backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, and his campaign has raised more than $170,000 in total campaign contributions and spent nearly $119,000.
Green Party candidate Brian Patrick Moore entered the race on the final day of qualifying. He was the Socialist Party USA and Liberty Union Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election. He raised only $4,000 throughout his campaign for state Senate and spent about $1,000 primarily on gas.
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