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Democrat Dwight Dudley receives call from Republican Frank Farkas after win



 After 11 weeks of mudslinging, the race for House District 68 ended with a civil conversation on Election Day.

Democrat Dwight Dudley said Republican Frank Farkas made a congratulatory call after Dudley won the St. Petersburg-based seat. 

“He graciously congratulated me,” Dudley said. “I was polite and wished him and his family well.”

Dudley said he appreciated the brief call but didn’t ask Farkas why he attacked his job as a criminal lawyer in mailers and on television. The ads showed mug shots of killer, rapists and sex offenders represented by Dudley. 

Farkas won 44 percent of the vote compared to Dudley’s 51 percent, according to unofficial results. Independent Matt Weidner captured 5 percent. 

Farkas, a chiropractor, served in the House between 1998 and 2006.  Dudley has operated his own law firm for 16 years. 



[Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 5:20pm]


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