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Dorworth loss sets off new race for 2014 speakership

Republican representatives elected in 2007 are jostling to replace, Rep. Chris Dorworth, who appears to have lost his seat in a shocking upset.  

Dorworth, a Lake Mary Republican who was in line to become Speaker of the House in 2014, lost narrowly to Mike Clelland, an underfunded Democrat and newcomer.

The apparent Dorworth loss, which came on a night of several Democratic upsets, set off a race to fill in the leadership gap for the competitive role of the Speakership.

Members of Dorworth’s class—which includes Reps. Steve Crisafulli, Erik Fresen, Matt Hudson and Charles McBurney—have reportedly been making moves to replace him.

That class has been considerably thinned by various resignations and election defeats. Former Reps. Eric Eisnaugle, Brad Drake, Scott Plakon, Mike Weinstein and Mike Horner all left the Legislature this year either via resignation or electoral defeat.

We'll update as we learn more.