A Republican primary for an open state House seat has been moved to the November general election after a write-in candidate who had closed the primary withdrew from the contest. Secretary of State Ken Detzner declared the Republican House District 56 primary a universal election, based on a state law, and moved the contest to the No. 6 general election. The decision came after David Joseph Patzer of Mulberry submitted a handwritten note Wednesday to the state Division of Elections stating his withdrawal from the contest.
“This will allow all voters in the affected counties, regardless of party affiliation, the opportunity to vote in that race,” Detzner spokeswoman Sarah Revell said.
Florida law allows all voters in a legislative district to cast ballots in a primary election if each candidate is from the same party. But under a loophole, the presence of a write-in candidate restricts the primary to voters of one party.