Duggan edges Polson for Duval County House seat

Incumbent Republicans from Northeast Florida prevail in state House races

By Colette DuChanois - Web producer, The News Service of Florida

Wyman Duggan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In one of the most expensive House races in the state, Republican Wyman Duggan edged Democrat Tracye Ann Polson on Tuesday for an open seat in Duval County.

With all precincts reporting, Duggan won 51 percent of the vote in House District 15, which became open when Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, decided against seeking re-election, according to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections website.

Duggan and Polson combined to raise more than $600,000 in the race, with Polson also loaning $180,000 to the campaign.

Overall, Tuesday was a good night for incumbent Republican members of the Florida House of Representatives. 

In House District 11, which includes Nassau County and part of Duval County, Republican incumbent Cord Byrd was re-elected to his second two-year term with 69 percent of the vote. He faced a challenge from Democrat Nathcelly Leroy Rohrbaugh, a homemaker and first-time candidate.

"I'm a big believer in grassroots, knocking on doors, meeting voters face to face. Florida voters appreciate it," Byrd said. "If you put the hard work in, it pays off on Election Day." 

ELECTION RESULTS: Florida state Senate, House

Republican Chuck Brannan, with 72 percent of the vote, won House District 10 over Democrat Ronald W. Williams II and NPA candidates Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Fred Martin. Florida's 10th state House district includes Baker, Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties and part of Alachua County.

Incumbent Republican Clay Yarborough was re-elected to the District 12 seat, which includes part of Duval County, with 59 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Timothy Yost.

Incumbent Republican Jason Fischer defeated Democratic challenger Ken Organes in the House District 16 race. Fischer received 58 percent of the vote. The 16th House District also includes part of Duval County.

In House District 17, which includes part of St. Johns County, incumbent Republican Cyndi Stevenson won re-election over Jaime Perkins, who only got 29 percent of votes. 

Incumbent Republican Bobby Payne also got a big win, 73 percent of votes, over Democratic challenger Paul Still in the House District 19 race. Florida's state House 19th district includes Bradford, Putnam and Union counties, as well as part of Clay County.

In House District 24, which includes Flagler County and parts of St. Johns and Volusia counties, incumbent Republican Paul Renner defeated Democratic challenger Adam Morley.

State Rep. Tracie Davis ran unopposed in Florida's 13th District, as did Rep. Travis Cummings in the 18th District and Rep. Clovis Watson in the 20th District.

As no Republican or independent candidates qualified to run for the House District 14 seat, which includes part of Duval County, the August Democratic primary elected Democratic Rep. Kimberly Daniels to another term in the Florida House of Representatives.

Florida state Senate races

Incumbent Republican Aaron Beach won re-election over Democrat Billee Bussard and Libertarian Joanna Liberty Tavares in the Senate District 4 race.

In Senate District 8, incumbent Republican Keith Perry held the lead over Democrat Kayser Enneking and NPA candidate Charles Goston. He had 100,394 votes, or 49 percent.

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