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Alan Grayson lost badly, but he says he'll be back

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando

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U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando



U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson lost pretty handily in Tuesday night' Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.

Grayson, D-Orlando, took 17.7 percent of the vote, just ahead of Pam Keith, who has never run for office before. Not a great showing for a Democrat with the backing of the party's progressive wing.

But, Grayson says, he'll be back. He told the Times/Herald he wants to keep pushing senior issues and to start advocating for felons to have their voting rights restored in Florida.

As an elected official? Or as a lawyer?

"All of the above," he said. "As a political leader."

After all, he lost his 2010 congressional reelection and then won the seat in 2012.

And there are some parts of the state where despite his loss last night, Grayson maintains support.

Democrats in his congressional district supported Grayson over Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Democratic nominee, even while rejecting his wife, Dena Grayson, in her congressional bid.

Grayson came out on top in seven counties, which he says he's keeping in mind as he prepares his next move: Osceola, Orange, Washington, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson and Liberty.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 2:22pm]


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