Watson wins in special election recount

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February 14, 2010

Tallahassee, Florida: Following last Tuesday's two Florida special election primaries, one race has now been officially decided. In State Senate District 33, Oscar Braynon defeated three other other opponents in the February 8 Democratic primary. He will face Republican candidate Joe Celestin (R) in the March 1 special general election. Braynon and Celestin are running to fill the vacancy created by Democrat Frederica Wilson's election to the U.S. House of Representatives.[1]

In State House District 103, Barbara Watson (D) has won election after a recount, defeating Sharon Pritchett and Erhabor Ighodaro. The recount, automatically trigged by Tuesday's narrow margin, reversed the original count which gave Pritchett the lead. The Friday recount ultimately revealed that Watson had edged Pritchett by a mere 18 votes. Since no Republicans have filed to run in the March 1 special general election, Watson has officially won election to the District 103 seat; no general election will be held. Watson and Pritchett were running to fill the vacancy created when Oscar Braynon resigned to run for the District 33 senate seat.[1]

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