Steube Wins by Landslide in District 17, Shapiro Advances in 16

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BY JACOB OGLES SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY AUG 29, 2018

One of the state’s most fractious Congressional primaries ended with a landslide victory for state Sen. Greg Steube in U.S. House District 17. With most votes tallied, he had 48,963 votes in the nine-county district. Meanwhile, state Rep. Julio Gonzalez, seen through the race as the primary opponent for Steube, came in third place with 14,402 votes. Underfunded Charlotte County activist Bill Akins had 15,133 votes. Steube now will face April Freeman, a Cape Coral Democrat who won her primary Tuesday, in a general election contest in a deeply conservative district.

Meanwhile, Democrats picked David Shapiro, who won the U.S. House district 16 primary with 34,552 votes to Jan Schneider’s 28,537, as the candidate to pit against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan in November. “My whole life, I’vee been fighting big corporations, abusive insurance companies and a sometimes incompetent federal government,” says the Sarasota attorney.

In several key state House races, former state Rep. Ray Pilon won the Republican primary in District 72, where he will challenge incumbent Democrat Margaret Good in November. In District 74, Republican James Buchanan beat North Port Commissioner Linda Yates in a party primary for Gonzalez’s open seat.

State Rep. Wengay Newton, D-St. Petersburg, also won re-election in his district, which includes parts of Sarasota and Manatee. In District 70, he got 11,324 votes to Keisha Bell’s 8,239 and Vito Sheeley’s 3,376.

Pictured: Greg Steube

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