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Speaker Mike Hill?

Although Mike Hill still faces Democrat Jeremy Lau in the June 11 general election, Capitol pundits are already speculating whether the Panhandle Republican is the next red shirt freshman in line to become speaker of the Florida House.

Hill cruised to victory in yesterdays House District 2 special election against five other Republicans, receiving 42 percent of the vote. If he pulls off the feat, Hill would join a fairly illustrious group. Both current U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and future Speaker Jose Oliva won special elections that gave them a session or two head start in their races to become speaker. Rubio won his special election in January 2000 and Oliva did the same in June 2011.

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