Friday, January 05, 2007

Crist orders special election to replace Holly Benson

Gov. Charlie Crist called today for a special election to replace Rep. Holly Benson, who resigned her seat to serve as head of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The governor's order calls for a primary election to be held on February 6, and a general election on February 27.

The Buzz has offered a list of potential candidates:

Possible candidates include Republican George Scarborough, brother of former
U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough; Democrat Elizabeth Campbell, who was defeated by
Benson in November; and former Democratic state Rep. DeeDee Ritchie, who has
said she's been courted by both parties but would stick to her party.

I spoke with a source from within the Republican Party of Florida this evening who said that Scarborough is the likely GOP nominee.

Pensacola businessmen Lyn Hart , a Republican, has committed to run and says he has already raised $75,000.

Florida Dems are looking at District 3 as an opportunity to get a jump on 2008.
This race needs to be made the top priority for Democrats state wide. All county
party organizations should look to mobilizing support in any way they can. A win
in the District 3 special election is a key to winning in 2008.

Related stories:
Pensacola News Journal - Benson's successor to come next month
Tallahassee Democrat - Crist orders special election

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