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Politics

Campbell rolling over a token opponent

By AARON SHAROCKMAN
Published September 6, 2006


Democrat state Sen. Walter "Skip" Campbell appeared to have easily won a token primary in his race for state attorney general Tuesday, setting up a November showdown with Republican former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum.

Campbell never seemed threatened by his opponent, Broward County lawyer Merrilee Ehrlich, in the low-key primary race.

Ehrlich filed to run at the last minute, and never campaigned for the position. She said she wanted to give Democratic voters a choice.

Campbell said his campaign has always targeted a fall match-up with McCollum - a 20-year U.S. representative who most recently has worked for a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm. They are running to replace Charlie Crist.

Campbell already has scheduled several fundraisers for the fall general election, and has saved most of his campaign funds for the race against McCollum.

McCollum, of Longwood, enters the race as a much better known candidate, but has run twice statewide for U.S. Senate and lost. He starts the general election campaign with $1.4-million in his campaign account, about $500,000 more than Campbell.

Campbell, of Tamarac, has been in the state Senate since 1996.

[Last modified September 6, 2006, 01:31:34]


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