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Special Election Set for House District 64

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A new election has been set after the Florida House recently rejected the results from a Tampa Bay area legislative race.

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday scheduling a Feb. 10 special primary for House District 64, followed by an April 21 special election.

The House voted last week during its organizational session to not accept incumbent James Grant's victory. There was confusion around the seat after a judge delayed the primary between Grant and Miriam Steinberg until November.

Judge Angela Dempsey ruled that a write-in candidate in the race was ineligible because he didn't live in the district. But an appeals court last month ruled that the write-in candidate should have remained eligible.

Incoming House Speaker Steve Crisafulli called for the vote, saying it was an unprecedented situation.