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Election 2004

District 47: After a tough GOP primary, Ambler coasts to re-election

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 3, 2004

Precinct-by-precinct

THE PRESIDENCY
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THE SENATE
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THE STATE
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Justices' jobs appear safe, judging by early returns
Voters call it a draw in doctor-lawyer battle
Senate lead at just under 1 percent
Cantero, Bell easily hang onto seats

TAMPA BAY
Coats easily beats former shock jock
Lines pose biggest problem for voters
Local roots, support boost Burke's victory
Pinellas Suncoast race close; fee hike fails
Voters approve higher tax to help Pinellas teachers, schools
Biggest voting gripe: long lines

PASCO
Pasco pulls off smooth election
Kurt Browning bests Bergy
Fiorentino secures job after tough quest
Incumbent Hildebrand sails to sixth term
Jack Mariano upsets Peter Altman

HERNANDO
Voters pack polls with vigor
Fagan leads decisively, vows to seek consensus
Nugent 'thrilled' as he heads to easy win
Precincts experience only minor problems
Pugh cruises in 1 race; recount likely in other
In Hernando: experience, Democrats

CITRUS
Fervor, dignity meet at polls
Spivey charges past Takac for seat on bench
2 incumbents win, another defeated by former chief

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After winning the primary election by just a razor-thin margin, Republican Kevin Ambler appeared headed late Tuesday for an easy defeat of Libertarian Kim Snow in the race for the state House District 47 seat.

After a primary election campaign where Bill Bunkley, a conservative, accused Ambler of being too liberal, Ambler's attacks on his GOP rival alienated many in his own party, leading to speculation that those voters would flock to Snow, along with Democrats.

"We put the divisiveness of the primary race behind us," Ambler said Tuesday night. "The voters have shown they're voting for the candidate, not a party. They're looking for unity in their district."

Ambler said he hopes in his second term in office to be named to the House's higher education committee. He said he wants to shepherd through a bill to establish the Sure Futures Scholarship program. It would allow a corporation in need of a highly skilled worker to get a tax credit in exchange for paying for a student's graduate education and guaranteeing four years of post-degree employment.

Although Ambler for the most part has voted along Republican party lines, the 43-year-old trial attorney casts himself as a fiscal conservative with a moderate take on most social issues. He supports stem cell research, and he challenged major aspects of the medical malpractice bill supported by outgoing House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, R-Plant City, before voting with fellow Republicans to favor capping damages.

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