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Tea Party candidate Hill wins primary for vacant House seat

Mike Hill, founder and president of the Northwest Florida Tea Party, won tonight's primary for the Florida House District 2 seat and is expected to win next month's general election.

Hill received 46.5 percent of votes in the Republican primary. Second-place finisher Ed Gray III, a former Gulf Breeze mayor, received 26.8 percent of votes. Turnout was light in the special election to fill the seat left vacant since the March death of Rep. Clay Ford, R-Gulf Breeze, after a battle with cancer.

Hill faces Democrat Jeremy Lau, an aircraft mechanic at Pensacola Naval Air Station, in the June 11 general election. The district leans Republican and Hill, a former Air Force officer who is now a State Farm agent in Pensacola, is the favorite to win it all.

If Hill wins the seat, he would become the only African-American Republican currently serving in the Legislature.


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Nice to see a republican elected who is not in the pockets of the stupid personal injury lawyers.

harry Houdini

A good man and TRUE CONSERVATIVE has just won the primary. Looking forward to his service to the State of Florida!

Ross Calloway

Wonder what NAACP Pres. Julian Bond has to say about Hill and his win?


Agree about the lawyers.

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