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Barring an unlikely loss to one of two write-in candidates in November, Gulf Breeze Republican Doug Broxson has been elected as Northwest Florida’s new state senator.

With several precincts yet to report, Broxson leads challenger Mike Hill with 56.65% of the vote to Hill’s 43.35 percent. The state senate district covers all of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and a portion of Okaloosa County, and county-level results show Broxson won all three.

Broxson will face write-in candidates Aaron Matthew Erskine and Miriam Woods in November, but Tuesday’s primary victory almost assures his election. Broxson told the Northwest Florida Daily News that the was “thankful and humbled” to be moving onto the State Senate.

The race between Broxson and Hill — both currently State Representatives — has been one of the ugliest of this election cycle. Broxson’s candidacy has been heavily supported by the Florida Chamber and other Tallahassee special interest groups who inundated the district’s voters with negative mailers and ads about Hill. Broxson left Hill a voicemail earlier this month threatening additional outside spending, a move that is reportedly being investigated by the State Attorney’s office.

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