In the Tampa Bay area, Republican Scott Franklin won Florida Rep. Ross Spano’s seat in the U.S. House, keeping the district in the GOP column.
Franklin defeated Democrat Alan Cohn in Tuesday’s election, ensuring that Spano’s seat stays in Republican hands. Franklin defeated Spano in the Republican primary.
Spano was dogged by ethics investigations over alleged campaign finance violations. Franklin decided to challenge Spano in the August primary, fearing that the cloud over him might make the seat vulnerable.
Franklin is a Lakeland city commissioner, former Navy pilot and owns a small business.
Cohn is a former television journalist. The district runs from just east of Tampa to just west of Orlando.
In a nearby race, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan has won reelection for an eighth term representing parts of Florida’s Tampa Bay area. The Republican defeated state legislator Margaret Good, a Democrat.
Buchanan, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, campaigned on his business acumen and support for lower taxes.
Good campaigned on strengthening environmental safeguards and preserving the health care law put into effect by former President Barack Obama.
Also Tuesday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, once a Republican Florida governor, won reelection to Congress for a third term representing parts of Florida’s Tampa Bay area.
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