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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.