Marco Rubio, John Mica, crush opponents in Seminole GOP straw poll

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The reason is becoming apparent why so many Republican U.S. Senate candidates got out of the race when Sen. Marco Rubio decided last week to seek re-election.

In a straw poll at the Seminole County Republican Executive Committee Monday night, Rubio crushed his lone remaining high-profile Republican opponent, Bradenton businessman Carlos Beruff. In voting tallied by Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, Rubio drew 238 votes, Beruff 32, and long shot Dwight Mark Anthony Young of Clearwater, 14.

U.S. Rep. John Mica, seeking a 13th term in Congress from Florida’s 7th Congressional District, destroyed his Republican challenger as well. Mica got 248 votes and challenger Mark Busch got 46.

Two countywide races also showed interesting results.

In the contest for Seminole County clerk of courts and comptroller, Sammy Gibson of Longwood drew 112 votes, Mike McLean of Lake Mary got 99 votes, and former Seminole County Commissioner Grant Maloy of Oviedo got 66.

In the contest for Seminole County tax collector, incumbent Ray Valdez of Longwood may be in trouble. He received 143 votes, as did challenger Joel Greenberg, also of Longwood.

Scott Powers

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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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 [email protected]


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