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Jeff Brandes sails to victory in Florida Senate District 22

In no surprise, State Rep. Jeff Brandes beat unknown write-in candidate Raymond Baker to capture Senate District 22.

In Pinellas County, Brandes captured 93 percent of the vote to Bakers' 7 percent. In Hillsborough County, Brandes won 95 percent. The district covers much of south Pinellas and South Tampa.

Brandes, 36, a first-term legislator who reported his wealth at $10 million, hails from the family that previously owned Cox Lumber Co.

Since entering the race in June, he raised $300,000 and loaned his campaign $500,000. He manages his family's real estate holdings.

Baker, 52, did not raise money or spend campaign funds.

Jeff Brandes sails to victory in Florida Senate District 22 11/06/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:49am]
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