Marion County’s state and federal representatives decided

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Posted November 9, 2022 | By Jennifer Hunt Murty
jennifer@ocalagazette.com

Marion County voters saw changes this election cycle to their districts on the state and federal levels because of redistricting. But one thing remained the same: Marion County will continue to be primarily represented by lawmakers who are members of the Republican Party.

Here are the unofficial results of Tuesday’s general election.

State House

With the redistricting, Marion County gained a fifth state representative.

Republican candidates Bobby Payne in District 20, Ralph E. Massullo, Jr. in District 23, Joe Harding in District 24, and Stan McClain in District 27 all won reelection unopposed.

The only state representative facing a challenge was Democrat Yvonne Hayes Hinson in District 21, who ran against by Republican Hollye Merton.

Hinson prevailed winning 27,569, 60.2% of the votes cast.

According to campaign finance documents, Hinson raised $81,315 and Merton raised $5,144 since filing to run in April.

State Senate

Due to redistricting, Marion County reduced its number of senate seats from three to one.

Incumbent Republican Keith Perry was challenged by Democrat Rodney J. Long in District 9.

Perry beat Long with 135,469 votes, or 65.6%%.

According to campaign finance documents, Perry raised $335,463, and Long raised $65,716.

U.S. House

Marion County reduced its number of congressional seats from three to two due to redistricting.

In District 3, incumbent Republican Kat Cammack was challenged by Democrat Danielle Nicole Hawk and Linda S. Brooks (NPA).

Cammack won a second term by receiving 62.53% of the votes. Hawk received 36.27% and Brooks received 1.20%

Cammack received $2,201,411 in contributions, whereas Hawk raised $76,482 and Brooks, $131,433.96.

In District 6, incumbent Michael Waltz, a Republican, was challenged by Joseph “Joe” Hannoush (LPF).

Waltz won a third term, receiving 74% of the votes.

Waltz raised $3,004,127, but how much Hannoush raised was unavailable at the time of publishing this report.

U.S. Senate

Incumbent Republican Marco Rubio was challenged by Democrat Val Demings; Dennis Misigoy (LPF); Steven B. Grant (NPA) and Tuan TQ Nguyen (NPA).

Rubio won the election receiving 4,469,218 votes. Demings received 3,196,266; Misigoy received 32,107.

Demings raised $73,285,353, while Rubio raised $39,436,360. Misigoy reported $11,807; Grant reported $24,301; and Nguyen $51,933.