State Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff attempting to fend off Patrick Henry challenge

State Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff attempting to fend off Patrick Henry challenge

Two years ago, 54 votes out of more than 61,000 cast separated the two candidates. It was enough for Republican Elizabeth Fetterhoff to defeat the then-incumbent Democratic state Rep. Patrick Henry. But it wasn’t enough to deter Henry, who’s back for a rematch in Florida House District 26. The district, which stretches from mainland Daytona Beach to DeLand, skews Democratic by 7.3%, or more than 8,000 voters. So a high presidential turnout could help Henry turn the tables. But Fetterhoff has the advantage of incumbency, which affords her the ability to point to recent legislative successes as well as giving her an advantage in fund-raising. Fetterhoff had, as of the latest report, collected $210,000 to Henry’s $120,000. Fetterhoff also has raised $27,000 in the United for Florida’s Future political committee she controls. Henry, though, has his own PAC and he’s been able to close the gap a bit in recent weeks. Flippable Florida Victory Fund, a national PAC with a goal of helping turn state legislatures from red to blue , has contributed $11,500 to Henry’s PAC, named Florida’s 99 United. Also, the Future Now Fund, another Washington-based PAC with a similar goal, gave $5,000 to Henry’s PAC. Turnout for the general election, with President Trump and Joe Biden atop the ballot, could also change the equation from 2018. All of which is another way of saying it should be among the most competitive of local legislative races. Here’s a closer look at the candidates and where they differ […]

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