Republican Blaise Ingoglia maintained a commanding lead on election night with 64 percent of the vote to earn his fourth term in the Florida Legislature.
Democrat Keith G. Laufenberg trailed with 35 percent of the vote in the District 35 House seat, which includes the majority of Hernando County.
With his win, Ingoglia will not be able to run again due to term limits.
Born in Queens, N.Y., Ingoglia, 49, is a home builder and a former tournament poker player. A Hernando County resident since 1996, his Hartland Homes business prospered during the real estate boom as he sold houses to out-of-town speculators. He served previously as chairman of the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee and chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. His public life began in earnest in 2007 when he hosted a series of workshops called Government Gone Wild, which criticized wasteful spending by Hernando County government. He went on to expand the brand to the federal government.
Laufenberg, 75, is a freelance writer who worked previously in real estate, as a mortgage broker and a carpenter. A 17-year resident of Hernando County, the Marine Corps veteran said he decided to run because there is a need to change a system of “praising the wealthy while denigrating the poor.”