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2 nominated to succeed Harris

Compiled from Times wires
Published September 6, 2006

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It's a Tampa Bay twosome: Jim Davis of Tampa has won the Democratic nomination for governor. And Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg routed Tom Gallagher in the GOP race.

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A Sarasota auto magnate and a bank executive will square off in November to battle for the U.S. House seat vacated by Katherine Harris.

Vern Buchanan, chief executive of Buchanan Enterprises, a network of car dealerships in southwest Florida, claimed the Republican primary for the House District 13 race Tuesday, narrowly defeating state Rep. Nancy Detert of Venice. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Buchanan - who raised $4.1-million for the race, including $2.1-million from his own pocket - took 33 percent of the vote to 25 percent for Detert, 23 percent for Sarasota banker Tramm Hudson, 10 percent for former state Rep. Mark Flanagan of Bradenton and 9 percent for state Rep. Donna Clarke of Sarasota.

In the Democratic primary, Sarasota banker Christine Jennings easily defeated Sarasota lawyer Jan Schneider, 63 percent to 37 percent.

Jennings, the founder of Sarasota Banke, has never held public office. She ran for the District 13 House seat in 2004, and lost to Schneider in the Democratic primary.

All told Tuesday, Republicans nominated three congressional candidates and Democrats seven across Florida. That sets the stage for general election campaigns in 20 of Florida's 25 House districts. Five incumbents will be unopposed. Republicans hold an 18-7 edge in the congressional delegation.

In other Congressional races around Florida:

* Incumbent U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek easily won the Democratic primary in the House District 17 race. He will be unopposed in the November general election. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Meek had garnered 90 percent of the vote to 10 percent for challenger Dufirston Neree, a community banking development specialist.

* Republican Rep. Ric Keller of Orlando was the only other Florida incumbent with a primary challenger. He won easily in House District 8. With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Keller had 73 percent of the vote, compared to 27 percent for Winter Springs business consultant Elizabeth Doran.

In the Democratic primary for House District 8, business consultant Charlie Stuart of Orlando claimed the nomination, taking 48 percent of the vote.

Information from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel and Bradenton Herald was used in this report.

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