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Republican State Sens. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, right, and Joe Negron of Stuart are locked in a battle to become Senate president next year. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

Riding a big fundraiser, Clearwater's Jack Latvala keeps bid for Senate presidency alive

In the high-stakes gamble for control of the Florida Senate, Sen. Joe Negron has the better hand, but plenty of people in Pinellas County are still betting on Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater. Latvala said he raised $250,000 at a luncheon Tuesday for the Florida Leadership Committee, his fundraising machine to elect …

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