Yvonne Hayes Hinson vs. Hollye Merton
Yvonne Hayes Hinson won nearly two-thirds of the vote and slid into her second term as a State House representative, this time for District 21.
With the retention of incumbent Yvonne Hayes Hinson, a majority of voters chose to support more liberal policies, including expanding abortion rights and strengthening gun control legislation. Merton, on the other hand, was a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights throughout her campaign.
Hinson raised more than $74,000 and spent about $30,000, while Merton raised only about $10,000 and spent about $7,500.
Chuck Clemons vs. Brandon Peters
Approximately 56% of voters in District 22 voted Chuck Clemons over Brandon Peters for their district’s State House seat.
Clemons has held the District 21 seat since 2016, while Peters was a political newcomer who never held public office.
Peters struggled with campaign funds, raising more than $200,000, but Clemons surpassed him with more than $388,000 in donations. The incumbent’s top donors include the Florida House Republican Campaign Committee, the Republican Party of Florida, the Florida Police Benevolent Association, and the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee.
Clemons spent more than $201,000 while Peters spent almost $157,000.
Keith Perry vs. Rodney Long
Keith Perry claimed more than 65% of the vote against Rodney Long for the District 9 Senate seat.
Perry has served as District 8 since 2016, prior to which he served at Florida House for six years. Rodney Long has not held state office, but he was a former city commissioner and mayor of Gainesville, in addition to serving as Alachua County commissioner. He ran against his girlfriend Yvonne Hayes Hinson for the District 20 seat, but lost. Not wanting to run against her again, he opted to run for the state senate instead.
The Republican incumbent raised more than $313,000 and spent just about $124,000, while Long raised more than $65,000 and spent a good chunk of it — more than $58,000.
Blaise Ingoglia vs. Brian Patrick Moore
Blaise Ingoglia won 75% of the vote and claimed the Florida District 11 Senate seat ahead of Brian Patrick Moore. The newly redistributed seat includes most of Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties and a small portion of Pasco County.
State Representative Blaise Ingoglia was attempting to climb from his current position in the Florida House of Representatives to a seat in the Florida Senate. Previously, Rep. Ingoglia served two terms as chairman of the Florida Republican Party. The Republican nominee is endorsed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, and his campaign has collectively raised more than $170,000 in campaign funds and spent nearly $119,000.
The Greens’ candidate, Brian Patrick Moore, started the race on the final day of qualifying. He was the Socialist Party USA and Union Party of Freedom candidate for President of the United States in which Election 2008. During his Senate campaign, he raised only $4,000 and spent about $1,000 mostly on gasoline.