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Jim Norman reaction: Legg notes the difficulty of beating an incumbent legislator



Reached for his reaction to Sen. Jim Norman of Tampa dropping his bid for a second term, primary opponent Rep. John Legg of Trinity pointed out just how rare it would have been if he'd knocked off the incumbent senator in August's primary.

“I don’t recall, at least in my recent years, any sitting senator ever being defeated in an election,” Legg said. “We had a tall order in front of us. At least history is not against us anymore.”

He's right. PolitiFact Florida checked a similar statistic from the 2010 Fair Districts campaign. That campaign correctly said that during the 2004, 2006 and 2008 general elections, only three incumbents lost their campaign for re-election in 420 legislative races. (It's worth noting that a handful of incumbent House members lost races in 2010.)

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:27pm]


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