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Broward Republicans re-elect chair



Broward Republicans re-elected Bob Sutton as chair of their party in a close vote tonight.

Sutton beat Rico Petrocelli 90-85. Petrocelli was a briefly the chair in 2013 and then quit after disagreements with the board.

The task of the Broward Republican Executive Committee is to help elect Republican candidates to local, state and federal offices. Broward Republicans have represented a shrinking share of the electorate amid a rise in independent voters.

Broward now has about 600,000 Democrats, 258,000 Republicans and 330,000 independents.

Although Republicans are outnumbered in Broward, they can make a difference in statewide races since in sheer numbers they are only surpassed by a few counties.