North Florida Congressmen Easily Win in GOP Primaries

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 26, 2014 9:30 PM
Jeff Miller, Ted Yoho, Ander Crenshaw, John Mica

Jeff Miller, Ted Yoho, Ander Crenshaw, John Mica

While several Republican congressmen from North Florida faced primary challenges on Tuesday, all of them easily kept their seats. 

Out in the Panhandle, U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., easily bested primary challenger John Krause in Tuesday’s primary. With more than 63 percent of votes in, Miller had 76.3 percent and Krause 23.7 percent.

In the general election, Miller will face businessman Jim Byran, who has the Democratic nomination, and businessman Mark Wichern who is running with no party affiliation. This Panhandle district is a Republican stronghold, making Miller a heavy favorite come November.

Out in North Central Florida, freshman U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., made sure lightning did not strike twice. Having upset 24-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., in the 2012 primary, Yoho made it two in a row as he easily beat attorney Jake Rush. With 75.7 percent of the vote in, Yoho had 79.3 percent of the vote with Rush taking 20.7 percent. Rush had been aggressive, hitting Yoho on a number of fronts, but he never recovered from stories and photos showcasing his role-playing hobby that made national headlines.

Yoho faces Democratic candidate Marihelen Wheeler and term limits activist Howard Wheeler, who is running with no party affiliation, in the general election. This is a solidly Republican district and is not expected to be competitive in November.

Over on the First Coast, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., continued his winning ways.

With 98 percent of precincts in, Crenshaw beat back a spirited Republican primary challenge from retired Navy Capt. Ryman Shoaf. Crenshaw took more than 71 percent of the vote while Shoaf took less than 29 percent of the vote.

Crenshaw should be secure in November though he does face challenges from two candidates with no party affiliation: Gary Koniz and Paula Moser-Bartlett. Deb Pueschel will be running as a write-in candidate. With no Democratic challengers, Crenshaw should easily hold on to his congressional seat which he first won in 2000.

U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., also easily kept his seat in Tuesday’s primary.

With more than 97 percent of the vote in, Mica took more than 72 percent while his closest opponent, David Smith, took 18.7 percent. Don Oehlrich stood in third with 5.1 percent and Kelly Shirley lagged behind with 4 percent.

Mica will be a heavy favorite in November over Democrat Wes Neuman and Al Krulick, who is running with no party affiliation, in this secure Republican district.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or follow him on Twitter: @KevinDerbySSN

Comments (1)

1:06PM AUG 27TH 2014
Because Florida is one of the few States which STILL maintains the institution of archaic (and patently unfair) closed primaries, most of the Republican incumbents faced no opposition. A good example is MY "Representative", Jeff Miller, R Fla. Miller has done absolutely nothing about the abysmal conditions at the VA in the years he's (supposedly) been on the Va Committee, yet he finagled himself front and center in the national media when the "scandal" broke , promising that heads would roll and all will be right in the VA world in short order. Of course, he insisted that he personally had no knowledge of these systemic horrors until ?? He's angling for a DC job-where he can wreak even more havoc. But then, he may not be able to hang on to his dubious "title" as the most well-traveled Member of Congress...that MAY save Florida taxpayers a bit of $$.
When arriving at our designated polling places, those of us who are not registered Republicans discover that OUR ballots are very short; we are not allowed to vote either FOR or AGAINST those who will, for the most part, make and implement the local laws and decisions in our communities. This system guarantees that with enough mostly outside funding from PACS and national parties, that the status quo remains. Great for the Repubs who currently have lied, cheated and gerrymandered their way into the Legislature. Case in point-anyone recall the recent decision by Judge Lewis concerning the flagrant flouting of the Fair Districting Amendment in which Weatherford, Gaetz, et al deliberately and defiantly broke the law in their illegal map-drawing attempts to further gerrymander this State?
Until and unless the practice of closed primaries is taken out of the political election equation, the voters of Florida will never be able to participate in anything approaching a fair and unbiased election.

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