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GOP Rep. Miller is likely victor


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000

Incumbent Republican Dan Miller appeared headed to a fifth, and most likely final, term in the U.S. House of Representatives after running ahead of Democratic challenger Daniel Dunn in the District 13 race.

A fiscal conservative, Miller, 58 was ahead of his opponent in a district that covers parts of Sarasota and Manatee counties, as well as Sun City, Sun City Center, Ruskin, Wimauma and areas of Apollo Beach. He spent 10 times more money than Dunn, according to election filings.

Miller, a supporter of term limits, promised not to run again if he won. Dunn, however, was not ready to concede before seeing the results from his home base of south Sarasota County.

With 49 percent of the vote in, Miller led nearly 2-1.

"I hate quitting before it's over," the former hockey player said, acknowledging Miller's big lead. "It really came down to two different philosophies on how to run the government."

Dunn, 44, heads disaster services and food programs for the Salvation Army in Sarasota. He pushed for more spending on social programs, such as prescription drugs.

Overcoming a lack of name recognition, he ran a door-to-door campaign but raised only $34,000. Miller, who ran unopposed in 1998 and fought against subsidies for South Florida sugar growers, raised $342,000.

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