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Pasco County Voters to Choose Fasano Replacement in State House

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An election will be held Tuesday in Pasco County to determine who will replace Republican state Rep. Mike Fasano.

Fasano stepped down because he was appointed to be the county's tax collector by Gov. Rick Scott.

In a twist, Fasano has backed Democratic candidate Amanda Murphy to be his successor, over fellow Republican Bill Gunter.

This is not the first time a Republican has supported a Democrat in the state of Florida. USF political science professor, Susan MacManus says it's not an unusual occurrence in Florida.

“After all, Charlie Crist was once a Republican, and Mike Fasano is a friend of Charlie Crist,” McManus said. “Their more moderate than some of the conservatives in their party, and it's a trend that we are seeing nationally, not just in Florida.”

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Democrats are hoping to add one more representative to a state House now controlled by Republicans 75 to 44.

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