The race for a seat in the state House of Representatives is already over in half of the districts in Broward County.
In five of the 14 districts that represent the county, Democratic legislators are returning to office unopposed. In a sixth, District 99, former state Rep. Evan Jenne is the only candidate running after his lone opponent, Elaine Geller, dropped out. And finally, in District 95, state Rep. Hazelle Rogers faces only a write-in candidate.
Of those that remain, the tightest races may be in the three Democratic primaries.
Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Bobby DuBose faces Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Levoyd Williams in District 94. Both are African Americans running in a district where African Americans make up 53.5 percent of the population. Both are city commissioners and friends. Each has pledged to stay away from negative campaigning.
The other close primary race is in District 96, where Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs is running against former state Rep. Steve Perman. Jacobs has raised more than $130,000; Perman, more than $50,000, but he has the endorsement of outgoing state Rep. Jim Waldman.
The last of the Democratic primaries is in District 100, where former North Bay Village mayor Joe Geller is running against relative newcomers John Paul Alvarez and Ben Sorensen. Geller's more well-known brother, Steve Geller, served a decade in each house of the state Legislature, including a stint as Senate Minority Leader.
In the state Senate, the big race is District 34, in which Ellyn Bogdanoff and state Sen. Maria Sachs are set for a rematch. The two faced each other in 2012 in the most costly state Senate race in Florida. Sachs won by just under 6 percent.
Sachs has an advantage in voter registration, with Democrats at an 8-point advantage in the district. But last time around, Bogdanoff raised far more money than Sachs. And this time, the midterm election means less turnout, which usually favors Republicans. But with a contentious gubernatorial race and the issue of medical marijuana on the ballot, that midterm Republican advantage may be erased. If not, this race may be even closer than in 2012.
District 36 (Hallandale Beach, Miami Gardens, North Miami, Opa-Locka, West Park): Anis Blemur, D-North Miami; Oscar Braynon*, D-Miami Gardens.
District 92 (Deerfield Beach, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach): Kenny Brighton, R-Deerfield Beach; Gwyn Clarke-Reed*, D-Deerfield Beach.
District 93 (Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lighthouse Point): Scott Herman, D-Fort Lauderdale; George Moraitis*, R-Fort Lauderdale.
District 94 (Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes): Bobby DuBose, D-Fort Lauderdale; Levoyd Williams, D-Lauderdale Lakes.
District 95 (Lauderhill, North Lauderdale): Hazelle Rogers*, D-Lauderdale Lakes, faces a write-in candidate.
District 96 (Coconut Creek, Margate, Parkland): Kristin Jacobs, D-Pompano Beach; Steve Perman, D-Coral Springs.
District 97 (Coral Springs, Tamarac): Jared Moskowitz*, D-Coral Springs.
District 98 (Davie, Plantation): Katie Edwards*, D-Plantation.
District 99 (Cooper City, Dania Beach): Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach.
District 100 (Aventura, Bal Harbour, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, North Miami Beach): John Paul Alvarez, D-Davie; Marty Feigenbaum, R-Surfside; Joe Geller, D-North Bay Village; Omar Recuero, LPF-Hollywood; Ben Sorensen, D-Hollywood.
District 101 (Hollywood, West Park): Shevrin Jones*, D-West Park.
District 102 (Miami Gardens, Miramar): Sharon Pritchett*, D-Miami Gardens.
District 103 (Miami Lakes, Miramar): Benjamin De Yurre, D-Hialeah; Manny Diaz Jr.*, R-Hialeah.
District 104 (Pembroke Pines, Southwest Ranches, Weston): Rick Stark*, D-Weston.
District 105 (Everglades City, Miramar): Carlos Pereira, D-Coral Gables; Carlos Trujillo*, R-Miami.
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