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PolitiFact Florida: Men named William do outnumber women in Florida elected offices



From Joshua Gillin of PolitiFact Florida:

A pro-Democratic group has sent out the call that 2016 is the year Florida voters need to choose a female candidate: "Did you know that fewer women have been elected to statewide office than men named William?"

The Sept. 22 email from Ruth's List Florida went on, "More women than men vote in Florida, but 26 men named William have been elected to statewide office, and only 7 women have had the honor."

Is it possible that in Florida's 170-year history, only seven women have filled statewide office? And did voters pick 26 men named William? Get ready for a state civics lesson.

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[Last modified: Sunday, October 4, 2015 11:06pm]


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