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Shocker: Florida Chamber endorses 11 House candidates -- all Republicans

Qualifying doesn't end until June 24, but the Florida Chamber of Commerce has already made up its mind, at least in 11 Central Florida races for the Florida House. 

And guess what? The pro-business-at-all-costs group heavily favors Republican candidates. How heavily? Try each and everyone of the 11 candidates.

Here's Monday's release:

Today the Florida Chamber of Commerce made its first round of 2016 candidate endorsements. While there are already 292 candidates running for 120 house seats, today the Florida Chamber is announcing endorsements in the first 10 seats. Additional rounds of House and Senate endorsements are planned in the coming months. The Florida Chamber’s first round of endorsements includes 11 Tampa Bay area candidates for the Florida House:

-- Representative Ben Albritton, who is running against Democrat David Charles Poulin.

-- Representative Jim Boyd, who is unopposed.

-- Representative Colleen Burton, who is running against Democrat Terrell Shandale.

-- Representative Neil Combee, who is running against Democrat Victor Sims.

-- Representative Julio Gonzalez, who is running against Democrat Manuel Gerald Lopez, Jr.

-- Representative Mike La Rosa, who is running against Democrat Bienvenido John Valentin Jr.

-- Representative Chris Latvala, who is running against Democrat David Saul Vogel.

-- Representative Kathleen Peters, who is running against Democrat Jennifer Webb.

-- Representative Jake Raburn, who is unopposed.

-- Representative Dan Raulerson, who is running against Democrat Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa

-- Representative Chris Sprowls, who is unopposed.

Important Election Information: Florida Chamber members and their employees can now receive voter registration information, key election dates and other important election information by visiting www.FloridaWins.org.

[Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2016 3:31pm]

    

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