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The Final Push


Voters in parts of five northeast Florida counties are casting ballots in the Republican primary for Senate District 8 today, choosing a replacement for the late Sen. Jim King, R-Jacksonville.

There are no Democrats running, so the winner of the primary will take the seat, with only write-in opposition possible on the day of the general election. John Thrasher, Art Graham, Stan Jordan and Dan Quiggle are in the GOP primary.

Polls in the State Senate race are hard to come by, though rumors suggest that the contest will be a close one.  Sources have told the Jacksonville Observer that some groups are claiming there is a near three-way tie between John Thrasher, Dan Quiggle, and Stan Jordan. 

Thrasher was the early front-runner, but his position faded as he faced a wall of negative attacks from outside groups in recent weeks.  Taking advantage of the opening, businessman Dan Quiggle narrowed the gap and eventually took the lead.  Then, other independent groups launched their own attacks against Quiggle.  In recent days, Stan Jordan has reportedly begun to make up some ground in the race.

Also at stake are a seat on the Duval County School Board and the Jacksonville City Council.  All voters, regardless of party, may vote in those two races.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in parts of Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

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