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<center>[[Statewide elections, 2010|2010 elections in Florida]]: &nbsp; &nbsp; [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp; [[Florida 2010 ballot measures|Ballot measures]] &nbsp; [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida gubernatorial election, 2010|Governor]] &nbsp;  [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010|Lt. Gov]] &nbsp;  [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida Attorney General election, 2010|Attorney General]] &nbsp; [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida State Senate elections, 2010|State Senate]] &nbsp; [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010|State House of Representatives]]</center></td>
 
<center>[[Statewide elections, 2010|2010 elections in Florida]]: &nbsp; &nbsp; [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp; [[Florida 2010 ballot measures|Ballot measures]] &nbsp; [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida gubernatorial election, 2010|Governor]] &nbsp;  [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010|Lt. Gov]] &nbsp;  [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida Attorney General election, 2010|Attorney General]] &nbsp; [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida State Senate elections, 2010|State Senate]] &nbsp; [[File:Star bookmark.png|16px]] &nbsp;  [[Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010|State House of Representatives]]</center></td>
 
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{{Flsenate2010toc}}Elections for the office of [[Florida Senate|Florida State Senator]] will be held in [[Florida]] on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]. State senate seats in the even numbered districts will be on the ballot in 2010.   
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{{Flsenate2010toc}}Elections for the office of [[Florida Senate|Florida State Senator]] were held in [[Florida]] on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]. State senate seats in the even numbered districts were on the ballot in 2010.   
  
 
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 30, 2010, and the primary election day was August 24, 2010.  
 
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 30, 2010, and the primary election day was August 24, 2010.  
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In Florida, senators serve two or four-year terms depending on the year with a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. The Senators representing the odd-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The senators from the even-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years.  All senators are up for election in years ending in the digit 2.
 
In Florida, senators serve two or four-year terms depending on the year with a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. The Senators representing the odd-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The senators from the even-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years.  All senators are up for election in years ending in the digit 2.
  
The incumbent senator is running for re-election for 10 of the 23 state senate seats that are up for election in 2010 (43.4%). In 7 of the remaining 13 seats the incumbent is ineligible to run because of term limits.
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The incumbent senator ran for re-election for 10 of the 23 state senate seats that were up for election in 2010 (43.4%). In 7 of the remaining 13 seats the incumbent was ineligible to run because of term limits.
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As a result of this election, Republicans gained a slightly larger majority, picking up two seats.
  
 
: ''See also: [[Florida State Senate]]'' and ''[[State legislative elections, 2010]]''
 
: ''See also: [[Florida State Senate]]'' and ''[[State legislative elections, 2010]]''
 
==November 2 General Election Results==
 
==November 2 General Election Results==
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The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:
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{{List of election winners DPL|Chamber= State Senate|State = Florida|Year = 2010}}
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==Majority control==
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: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state senates]]''
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Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the [[Florida State Senate]]:
 
{{flsenatepartisan10}}
 
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==Term limits==
 
==Term limits==
  
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The [[Florida State Senate]] has been a term-limited state senate since Florida voters approved [[Florida Term Limits, Amendment 9 (1992)|Amendment 9 in 1992]].  Amendment 9 altered [[Article VI, Florida Constitution#Section 4|Article VI, section 4]] of the [[Florida Constitution]] to impose a maximum of two 4-year terms on [[Florida State Senator]]s.
 
The [[Florida State Senate]] has been a term-limited state senate since Florida voters approved [[Florida Term Limits, Amendment 9 (1992)|Amendment 9 in 1992]].  Amendment 9 altered [[Article VI, Florida Constitution#Section 4|Article VI, section 4]] of the [[Florida Constitution]] to impose a maximum of two 4-year terms on [[Florida State Senator]]s.
  
There are 40 [[Florida State Senator]]s.  In 2010, 7 who are [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]] are ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  They are:
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There are 40 [[Florida State Senator]]s.  In 2010, 8 who were [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]] were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  They were:
  
 
'''Democrats (1):'''
 
'''Democrats (1):'''
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{{legislative campaign spending chart}}
 
{{legislative campaign spending chart}}
  
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|-
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| align="center" | 2010
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| align="center" | 60
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| align="right" | $14,617,863
 
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|-
 
| align="center" | 2008
 
| align="center" | 2008
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| align="center" | 81
 
| align="center" | 81
 
| align="right" | $13,012,199
 
| align="right" | $13,012,199
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In 2010, the total amount of campaign contributions raised in senate elections was $14,617,863.  The top 10 contributors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=FL&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Florida Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
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|-
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| Domino, Carl J
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| align="right" | $592,600
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|-
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| Florida Democratic Party
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| align="right" | $588,915
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|-
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| Florida Republican Party
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| align="right" | $525,959
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|-
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| Perniciaro, Charles
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| align="right" | $385,980
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|-
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| Dockery, Paula B
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| align="right" | $281,500
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|-
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| McGriff Jr, Perry C
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| align="right" | $150,500
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|-
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| [[Hospital Corporation of America]]
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| align="right" | $67,500
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| Burkert, Pete
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| align="right" | $67,315
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|-
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| Margolis, Gwen
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| align="right" | $65,000
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|-
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| Florida Chamber of Commerce
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| align="right" | $62,000
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|}
 
|}
  
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{{Iasmalllogo}}
 
{{Iasmalllogo}}
  
5 incumbents (50%) face no competition in the November 2 general election and are thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.
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5 incumbents (50%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election.
  
:* 2 Democratic incumbents face no November challenger.
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:* 2 Democratic incumbents faced no November challenger.
:* 3 GOP incumbents face no November challenger.
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:* 3 GOP incumbents faced no November challenger.
  
 
===Primary challenges===
 
===Primary challenges===
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===Retiring incumbents===
 
===Retiring incumbents===
  
12 incumbent representatives are not running for re-election, while 10 incumbents (44%) are running for re-election.  Of the 12 incumbents who are not running for re-election, 4 are Democrats and 8 are Republican.
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12 incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 10 incumbents (44%) ran for re-election.  Of the 12 incumbents who did not seek re-election, 4 were Democrats and 8 were Republican.
  
Incumbents who are retiring are:
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Incumbents who retired are:
  
 
:* District 2: Incumbent Republican [[Durell Peaden]].
 
:* District 2: Incumbent Republican [[Durell Peaden]].
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==Qualifications==
 
==Qualifications==
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To run for the [[Florida State Senate]], candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve. <ref>[http://www.flhistoriccapitol.gov/transcript_217.cfm Qualifications for Senate]</ref>
 
To run for the [[Florida State Senate]], candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve. <ref>[http://www.flhistoriccapitol.gov/transcript_217.cfm Qualifications for Senate]</ref>
 
==Majority control==
 
 
: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state senates]]''
 
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==List of candidates== {{Partisanbreakdownstatesenates}}
 
==List of candidates== {{Partisanbreakdownstatesenates}}
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:* [[Margaret Smith (Florida)|Margaret Smith]] (write-in)
 
:* [[Margaret Smith (Florida)|Margaret Smith]] (write-in)
  
:The incumbent, [[Durell Peaden]], is not running for re-election.  No Democrats filed to run for this office by the signature filing deadline.
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:The incumbent, [[Durell Peaden]], did not run for re-election.  No Democrats filed to run for this office by the signature filing deadline.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Greg Evers]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Greg Evers]] 100,073 {{won}}
:{{Sreddot}} [[Christopher Crawford]]
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:{{Sreddot}} [[Christopher Crawford]] 26,148
:{{greydot}} [[Margaret Smith (Florida)|Margaret Smith]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Margaret Smith (Florida)|Margaret Smith]] 310
  
 
===District 4===
 
===District 4===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
:*[[Don Gaetz]] {{approved}} incumbent Gaetz has represented district 4 since 2006.
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:*[[Don Gaetz]] {{approved}} incumbent Gaetz was first elected in 2006.
 
:*Jesse Walter Horn, Jr. - failed to qualify for the election.
 
:*Jesse Walter Horn, Jr. - failed to qualify for the election.
  
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:*[[Harrison Arencibian]] (write-in)
 
:*[[Harrison Arencibian]] (write-in)
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Alfred Lawson]] (D) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Alfred Lawson]] (D) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Bill Montford]] {{won}}
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:{{bluedot}} [[Bill Montford]] 99,825 {{won}}
:{{reddot}} [[John Shaw]]
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:{{reddot}} [[John Shaw]] 44,510
:{{greydot}} [[David H. Abrams]]
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:{{greydot}} [[David H. Abrams]] 4,686
:{{greydot}} [[Harrison Arencibian]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Harrison Arencibian]] 10
  
 
===District 8===
 
===District 8===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:*Charles Perniciaro: 20,150
 
:*Charles Perniciaro: 20,150
:*[[John Thrasher]]: 32,618 {{approved}} Incumbent Thrasher has represented district 8 since 2009.
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:*[[John Thrasher]]: 32,618 {{approved}} Incumbent Thrasher was first elected in 2009.
  
 
: {{greydot}} <u>'''Independent candidate:</u>
 
: {{greydot}} <u>'''Independent candidate:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Deborah Gianoulis]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Deborah Gianoulis]] 73,314
:{{reddot}} [[John Thrasher]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[John Thrasher]] 110,176 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Rebecca Ann Holcomb]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Rebecca Ann Holcomb]] 110
  
 
===District 10===
 
===District 10===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
:*[[Ronda Storms]] {{approved}} incumbent Storms has represented district 10 since 2006.
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:*[[Ronda Storms]] {{approved}} incumbent Storms was first elected in 2006.
 
:*Paul M. Phillips, failed to qualify for the election.
 
:*Paul M. Phillips, failed to qualify for the election.
  
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Ronda Storms]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Ronda Storms]] 109,846 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Victoria Brake]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Victoria Brake]] 661
  
 
===District 12===
 
===District 12===
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:*[[Kimberly Renspie]] (write-in)
 
:*[[Kimberly Renspie]] (write-in)
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Victor Crist]] (D) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Victor Crist]] (D) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Jim Norman]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Jim Norman]] 85,324 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Derek Crabb]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Derek Crabb]] 364
:{{greydot}} [[Kimberly Renspie]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Kimberly Renspie]] 348
  
 
===District 14===
 
===District 14===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
:*[[Steve Oelrich]] {{approved}} Incumbent Oelrich has represented district 14 since 2006.
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:*[[Steve Oelrich]] {{approved}} Incumbent Oelrich was first elected in 2006.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Perry McGriff]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Perry McGriff]] 60,725
:{{reddot}} [[Steve Oelrich]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Steve Oelrich]] 70,789 {{won}}
  
 
===District 16===
 
===District 16===
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:*[[Jack Latvala]] {{approved}}
 
:*[[Jack Latvala]] {{approved}}
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Charlie Justice]] (D) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Charlie Justice]] (D) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Nina Hayden]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Nina Hayden]] 46,942
:{{reddot}} [[Jack Latvala]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Jack Latvala]] 83,396 {{won}}
  
 
===District 18===
 
===District 18===
  
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''August 24 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''August 24 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Arthenia Joyner]] {{approved}} Incumbent Joyner has represented district 18 since 2006.
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:*[[Arthenia Joyner]] {{approved}} Incumbent Joyner was first elected in 2006.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
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:*[[Alan Hays]] {{approved}}
 
:*[[Alan Hays]] {{approved}}
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Carey Baker]] (R) is not running for re-election.
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Carey Baker]] (R) did not run for re-election.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Eunice Garbutt]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Eunice Garbutt]] 66,025
:{{reddot}} [[Alan Hays]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Alan Hays]] 135,175 {{won}}
  
 
===District 22===
 
===District 22===
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:*[[David Simmons]] {{approved}}
 
:*[[David Simmons]] {{approved}}
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Lee Constantine]] (R) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Lee Constantine]] (R) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
:* [[Thad Altman]]: 30,739 {{approved}} Incumbent Altman has represented district 24 since 2008.
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:* [[Thad Altman]]: 30,739 {{approved}} Incumbent Altman was first elected in 2008.
 
:* [[Robert William Carmichael]]: 14,682
 
:* [[Robert William Carmichael]]: 14,682
  
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Thad Altman]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Thad Altman]] 103,357 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[W. Steven Edmonds|W. Steven Edmonds, Jr.]]
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:{{greydot}} [[W. Steven Edmonds|W. Steven Edmonds, Jr.]] 50,478
  
 
===District 25===
 
===District 25===
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:*[[Miranda Rosenberg]]  
 
:*[[Miranda Rosenberg]]  
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Jeffrey Atwater]] (R) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Jeffrey Atwater]] (R) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Kelly Skidmore]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Kelly Skidmore]] 53,958
:{{reddot}} [[Ellyn Bogdanoff]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Ellyn Bogdanoff]] 82,583 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Miranda Rosenberg]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Miranda Rosenberg]] 6,694
  
 
===District 26===
 
===District 26===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
:*[[Mike Haridopolos]] {{approved}} Incumbent Haridopolos has represented district 26 since 2003.
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:*[[Mike Haridopolos]] {{approved}} Incumbent Haridopolos was first elected in 2003.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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:*Sharon J. Merchant: 11,307
 
:*Sharon J. Merchant: 11,307
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Dave Aronberg]] (D) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Dave Aronberg]] (D) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Kevin Rader]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Kevin Rader]] 67,621
:{{reddot}} [[Lizbeth Benacquisto]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Lizbeth Benacquisto]] 79,750 {{won}}
  
 
===District 28===
 
===District 28===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
:*[[Joe Negron]] {{approved}} Incumbent Negron has represented district 28 since 2009.
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:*[[Joe Negron]] {{approved}} Incumbent Negron was first elected in 2009.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
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===District 32===
 
===District 32===
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''August 24 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''August 24 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Jeremy Ring]] {{approved}} Incumbent Ring has represented district 32 since 2006.
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:*[[Jeremy Ring]] {{approved}} Incumbent Ring was first elected in 2006.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
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<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Jeremy Ring]] {{won}}
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:{{bluedot}} [[Jeremy Ring]] 62,049 {{won}}
:{{reddot}} [[Patrick Laffey]]
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:{{reddot}} [[Patrick Laffey]] 35,813
  
 
===District 34===
 
===District 34===
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''August 24 Democratic primary:</u>
 
:{{bluedot}} <u>'''August 24 Democratic primary:</u>
:*[[Nan Rich]] {{approved}} Incumbent Rich has represented district 34 since 2004.
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:*[[Nan Rich]] {{approved}} Incumbent Rich was first elected in 2004.
  
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''August 24 Republican primary:</u>
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:*[[Corey Poitier]]
 
:*[[Corey Poitier]]
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Dan Gelber]] (D) is not running for re-election.
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Dan Gelber]] (D) did not run for re-election.
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Gwen Margolis]] {{won}}
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:{{bluedot}} [[Gwen Margolis]] 62,237 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Corey Poitier]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Corey Poitier]] 17,780
  
 
===District 36===
 
===District 36===
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:*[[Alberto E. Fortes]] (write-in)
 
:*[[Alberto E. Fortes]] (write-in)
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Alex Diaz de la Portilla]] (R) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Alex Diaz de la Portilla]] (R) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Miguel Diaz de la Portilla]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Miguel Diaz de la Portilla]] 58,138 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Luisa Artiles]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Luisa Artiles]] 31
:{{greydot}} [[Alberto E. Fortes]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Alberto E. Fortes]] 6
  
 
===District 38===
 
===District 38===
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:*David Nelson: 4,605
 
:*David Nelson: 4,605
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Alex Villalobos]] (R) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Alex Villalobos]] (R) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{bluedot}} [[Les Gerson]]
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:{{bluedot}} [[Les Gerson]] 30,409
:{{reddot}} [[Anitere Flores]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Anitere Flores]] 65,133 {{won}}
  
 
===District 40===
 
===District 40===
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:*[[Alexis Dominguez]] (write-in)
 
:*[[Alexis Dominguez]] (write-in)
  
:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Rudy Garcia]] (R) is not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
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:'''Note:''' Incumbent [[Rudy Garcia]] (R) was not up for re-election due to [[State legislatures with term limits| Florida term limits]].
  
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 2 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:{{reddot}} [[Rene Garcia]] {{won}}
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:{{reddot}} [[Rene Garcia]] 56,322 {{won}}
:{{greydot}} [[Alexis Dominguez]]
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:{{greydot}} [[Alexis Dominguez]] 20
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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Florida State Senate
Elections for the office of Florida State Senator were held in Florida on November 2, 2010. State senate seats in the even numbered districts were on the ballot in 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 30, 2010, and the primary election day was August 24, 2010.

In Florida, senators serve two or four-year terms depending on the year with a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. The Senators representing the odd-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The senators from the even-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years. All senators are up for election in years ending in the digit 2.

The incumbent senator ran for re-election for 10 of the 23 state senate seats that were up for election in 2010 (43.4%). In 7 of the remaining 13 seats the incumbent was ineligible to run because of term limits.

As a result of this election, Republicans gained a slightly larger majority, picking up two seats.

See also: Florida State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Alan Hays
  2. Anitere Flores
  3. Arthenia Joyner
  4. Bill Montford
  5. David Simmons
  6. Don Gaetz
  7. Ellyn Bogdanoff
  8. Greg Evers
  9. Gwen Margolis
  10. Jack Latvala
  11. Jeremy Ring
  12. Jim Norman
  13. Joe Negron
  14. John Thrasher
  15. Lizbeth Benacquisto
  16. Maria Sachs
  17. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
  18. Mike Haridopolos
  19. Nan Rich
  20. Rene Garcia
  21. Ronda Storms
  22. Steve Oelrich
  23. Thad Altman

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Florida State Senate:

Florida State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 13 12
     Republican Party 26 28
     Vacancy 1 -
Total 40 40


Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Florida State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Florida voters approved Amendment 9 in 1992. Amendment 9 altered Article VI, section 4 of the Florida Constitution to impose a maximum of two 4-year terms on Florida State Senators.

There are 40 Florida State Senators. In 2010, 8 who were current members were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. They were:

Democrats (1):


Republicans (6):


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Florida in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 60 $14,617,863
2008 50 $12,733,525
2006 47 $16,502,417
2004 37 $4,786,164
2002 81 $13,012,199


In 2010, the total amount of campaign contributions raised in senate elections was $14,617,863. The top 10 contributors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Domino, Carl J $592,600
Florida Democratic Party $588,915
Florida Republican Party $525,959
Perniciaro, Charles $385,980
Dockery, Paula B $281,500
McGriff Jr, Perry C $150,500
Hospital Corporation of America $67,500
Burkert, Pete $67,315
Margolis, Gwen $65,000
Florida Chamber of Commerce $62,000

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

5 incumbents (50%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election.

  • 2 Democratic incumbents faced no November challenger.
  • 3 GOP incumbents faced no November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 2 incumbents faced competition in the August 24 primary. The two incumbents, both Republicans, won their primaries:

Retiring incumbents

12 incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 10 incumbents (44%) ran for re-election. Of the 12 incumbents who did not seek re-election, 4 were Democrats and 8 were Republican.

Incumbents who retired are:

Qualifications

To run for the Florida State Senate, candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve. [3]

List of candidates

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District 2

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Tea Party TEA Party candidate:
Independent Independent candidate:
The incumbent, Durell Peaden, did not run for re-election. No Democrats filed to run for this office by the signature filing deadline.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Greg Evers 100,073 Green check mark transparent.png
Tea Party Christopher Crawford 26,148
Independent Margaret Smith 310

District 4

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • Don Gaetz Approveda incumbent Gaetz was first elected in 2006.
  • Jesse Walter Horn, Jr. - failed to qualify for the election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Don Gaetz Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidates:
Note: Incumbent Alfred Lawson (D) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Montford 99,825 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Shaw 44,510
Independent David H. Abrams 4,686
Independent Harrison Arencibian 10

District 8

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • Charles Perniciaro: 20,150
  • John Thrasher: 32,618 Approveda Incumbent Thrasher was first elected in 2009.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Deborah Gianoulis 73,314
Republican Party John Thrasher 110,176 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Rebecca Ann Holcomb 110

District 10

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • Ronda Storms Approveda incumbent Storms was first elected in 2006.
  • Paul M. Phillips, failed to qualify for the election.
Independent Independent candidate:
  • Victoria Brake (write-in)
  • Michael Brett Smith, failed to qualify for the election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ronda Storms 109,846 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Victoria Brake 661

District 12

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Note: Norman was disqualified in mid-October due to an election lawsuit brought by Ambler, only to be put back on the ballot on October 27. Party leaders had chose Rob Wallace to replace him.[4][5]
Independent Independent candidates:
Note: Incumbent Victor Crist (D) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim Norman 85,324 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Derek Crabb 364
Independent Kimberly Renspie 348

District 14

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Perry McGriff 60,725
Republican Party Steve Oelrich 70,789 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Note: Incumbent Charlie Justice (D) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nina Hayden 46,942
Republican Party Jack Latvala 83,396 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Arthenia Joyner Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • Michael J. Bakich, failed to qualify by petition method.
  • Alan Hays Approveda
Note: Incumbent Carey Baker (R) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eunice Garbutt 66,025
Republican Party Alan Hays 135,175 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • Matt Myre, failed to qualify.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Note: Incumbent Lee Constantine (R) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party David Simmons Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Thad Altman 103,357 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent W. Steven Edmonds, Jr. 50,478

District 25

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidate:
Note: Incumbent Jeffrey Atwater (R) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kelly Skidmore 53,958
Republican Party Ellyn Bogdanoff 82,583 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Miranda Rosenberg 6,694

District 26

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mike Haridopolos Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Note: Incumbent Dave Aronberg (D) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin Rader 67,621
Republican Party Lizbeth Benacquisto 79,750 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • Joe Negron Approveda Incumbent Negron was first elected in 2009.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joe Negron Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Maria Lorts Sachs Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • Jeremy Ring Approveda Incumbent Ring was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeremy Ring 62,049 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Patrick Laffey 35,813

District 34

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • Nan Rich Approveda Incumbent Rich was first elected in 2004.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nan Rich Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.
Independent Independent candidate:
Note: Incumbent Dan Gelber (D) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gwen Margolis 62,237 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Corey Poitier 17,780

District 36

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidates:
Note: Incumbent Alex Diaz de la Portilla (R) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Miguel Diaz de la Portilla 58,138 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Luisa Artiles 31
Independent Alberto E. Fortes 6

District 38

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Note: Incumbent Alex Villalobos (R) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Les Gerson 30,409
Republican Party Anitere Flores 65,133 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrats filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidate:
Note: Incumbent Rudy Garcia (R) was not up for re-election due to Florida term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Rene Garcia 56,322 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Alexis Dominguez 20

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