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Randolph Bracy, Dennis Baxley, Dorothy Hukill cruise to state Senate victories

Facing only write-ins or independent candidates. Randolph Bracy, Dennis Baxley, and Dorothy Hukill cruised to victories for seats in Florida’s Senate Tuesday.

Bracy, a Democratic state representative from the Orlando suburb of Oakland, made official what had been just needing a formality in the Orlando-based state Senate 11 seat, collecting virtually all the votes against two write-in opponents, based on early returns including all mail-in and early votes and many precincts in the Orange County district.

Baxley, a Republican state representative from Ocala, also cruised virtually unanimously to victory in Senate District 12, which includes The Villages and northern Lake County.

Hukill, a sitting Republican state senator whose District 8 had previously represented The Villages, swept a closer race to win Senate District 14, farther to the east. With much of the vote in, she was drawing 68 percent and leading independent Richard Dembinsky, a former Democrat who had run elsewhere in the past, by more than 85,000 votes.

 

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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