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Voters Go To Polls Tuesday For House District 58 Special Election


Voters around Plant City will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state House representative. The special election for State House District 58 is being held to replace Republican Dan Raulerson, who stepped down for medical reasons.

Raulerson has a case of spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can cause numbness and pain down the neck, back, and legs.

The favorite is Republican Lawrence McClure, who bested Yvonne Fry in a nasty primary. Longtime political reporter William March says it'll be tough to beat McClure in this very "red" district.

"Probably the outcome was decided by the Republican primary," March said. "There's very little chance for a Democrat or a no-party candidate - there are three, there's a Democrat, a no-party candidate and a Libertarian running. But none of them has much chance against the Republican nominee, who is Lawrence McClure."

The other candidates are Democrat Jose Vazquez, Libertarian Bryan Zemina and no-party candidate Ahmad Hussam Saadaldin.

District 58 covers Plant City, Temple Terrace, Dover, Mango, Seffner, Thonotosassa, and parts of Tampa and East Lake-Orient Park.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
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