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Top 10 most expensive legislative primaries in Florida


By Tuesday night when the primary election ends, dozens of future lawmakers will be annointed, but with a day still to go, spending has skyrocketed in primaries for the state Senate in those districts.

Here we break down the 10 legislative districts where candidates are spending the most. They all have two things in common: They're Senate seats, and they're districts where one party has a clear advantage -- or even no opposition -- in the general election.

This doesn't include spending from political committees, which are pouring their own money into ads and mailers in some races, including the SD 19 Democratic primary in Tampa Bay.

But it does give a picture of the most heated contests for the state Legislature being decided this week.

1. SD 31 (Palm Beach), Democratic primary, $2.12 million: State Rep. Irv Slosberg, Sen. Jeff Clemens.

2. SD 34 (Broward), Democratic primary, $1.32 million: Lawyer Gary Farmer, former state Rep. Jim Waldman.

3. SD 17 (Brevard and Indian River)Republican primary, $1.11 million: State Reps. Debbie Mayfield and Ritch Workman.

4. SD 38 (Miami-Dade), Democratic primary, $1.10 million: Lawyer Jason Pizzo, former Miami Beach Vice Mayor Michael Gongora, state Rep. Daphne Campbell, small business owner Anis Blemur.

5. SD 28 (Collier, Lee and Hendry), Republican primary, $1.07 million: State Reps. Kathleen Passidomo and Matt Hudson.

6. SD 30 (Palm Beach), Democratic primary, $1.06 million: Lawyer Michael Steinger, state Rep. Bobby Powell.

7. SD 23 (Sarasota and Charlotte), Republican primary, $1.05 million: Former state Rep. Doug Holder, former Sarasota County commissioner Nora Patterson, state Rep. Greg Steube, state Rep. Ray Pilon.

8. SD 19 (Hillsborough and Pinellas), Democratic primary, $1.03 million: Lawyer Augie Ribeiro, state Reps. Ed Narain and Darryl Rouson.

9. SD 12 (Lake, Marion and Sumter), Republican primary, $914,941: State Rep. Dennis Baxley, investor David Gee, state Rep. Marlene O'Toole.

10. SD 27 (Lee), Republican primary, $676,649: State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, lawyer Jason Maughan.0