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Runoff election quickly snuffed

The runoff election won't be coming back anytime soon. Sen. Lee Constantine, an Altamonte Springs Republican and chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections committee, agreed Tuesday to kill the idea of bringing back the runnoff. Constantine had called for the re-establishment of the runoff in a comprehensive bill dealing with elections, but it was clear that several senators who serve on his committee had problems with the concept.

Constantine, however, said he hasn't given up on the idea of holding a runoff, or second primary, if candidates fail to win a majority in the first primary election. Florida held runoff elections for decades but jettisoned them in the wake of the chaotic 2000 presidential election. Constantine said the current system allows fringe candidates that appeal to the far right or far left to win primary elections.

"We should go back to the future,'' said Constantine.