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Steve Bousquet column: 5 primary races to watch in the Florida Legislature

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July

If you're like a lot of voters in Florida, you'll blissfully ignore the Aug. 14 primary election, having convinced yourself that because a primary is sort of a preliminary round, your one vote just isn't very important.

In fact, the opposite is true: The fewer votes that are cast in a low-turnout election, the greater the power of each vote.

That's why, if you have a track record of voting in primaries, you're being flooded with mailers and phone calls. You're a "super voter," and the political pros who run local elections know who you are.

With that in mind, here's a look at five key primary races for the Legislature on next month's ballot. Most are in the Senate because primaries there tend to pit more established candidates, and because Senate districts are bigger than House districts.

Column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:18am]

    

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