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No Republican opposition for Val Demings

U.S. Rep. Val Demings need only win her August 28 primary to earn re-election to a second term representing Florida’s 10th Congressional District as no Republicans qualified for the ballot to oppose her.

With qualifying ending Friday, Demings drew a Democratic primary challenge from Wade Darius, but no one else, creating an open primary vote on August 28, with no general election to follow.

Darius, of Orlando, is chief executive officer of TD Homes Marketing of Orlando.

Demings is completing her first term in Congress after having won overwhelmingly in the 2016 primary and general election. She is a retired Orlando police chief and is married to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, who is running for Orange County mayor.

Both Demings and Darius qualified for the ballot by submitting campaign checks for $10,440. Two Republicans had filed early paperwork to run, but neither Richard Baptist nor Benjamin Leon qualified for the ballot either by check or petition.

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The district covers west Orlando and west Orange County.

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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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