Democrat abandons Florida state senate race, leaves 3 GOP candidates and ballot questions
The lone Democrat candidate campaigning for Jim Norman’s state Senate seat has withdrawn from the race, leaving three Republican candidates and an uncertain runoff plan.
Wes Johnson notified the state Division of Elections that he was quitting the race for the District 17 Senate seat, a seat abandoned by Norman after pleading guilty to ethic charges.
Early voting has already begun and the state is deciding whether to push all three GOP candidates (John Korsak, John Legg and Rob Wallace) to the November election.
“I understand no voter wants to be disenfranchised or have a race decided by only one party,” Korsak told The Global Dispatch.
Korsak understands the challenge, especially considering the diverse “political demographics” of District 17, but says his campaign is prepared either way.
“Our campaign is not concerned. We’re prepared either way,” says Korsak.
“I can’t imagine that being the scenario,” says Rob Wallace who currently serves in the Florida House of Representatives and is battling for the senate seat. “This can’t be the first time for this scenario. I expect a closed primary, then the candidate goes to the general (election) with no Democrat in the race. One person will be on the ballot for people to vote or no vote.”
Wallace is confident if the election moves to a three-way race in November open to Democrats and Independents.
“It will help me. I appeal to Democrat voters who know John Legg is part of the Republican machine and they will come my way. I’ve always appealed to Independents as a Tallahassee outsider going in.”
At the time of this writing John Legg has not returned the call to The Global Dispatch for a comment.
For more information on all three candidates on some of the hot issues, check out this analysis by TampaBay.com – here.