Qualifying for Florida elections wraps up

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's qualifying period for this year's election is over and some politicians earned new terms in office.

Qualifying closed at noon on Friday. Gov. Rick Scott, as well as the three Republican members of the Cabinet, all drew opponents.

But eight state senators - or nearly one-quarter of the Florida Senate - were re-elected without opposition. Nearly one-third of the members in the Florida House also earned new two-year terms since no one qualified to run against them.

One state House district did not have any candidates qualify. That's because incumbent Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, did not properly turn in his qualifying paperwork. This will require the state to set a new qualifying period for the seat.

Florida's primary election is Aug. 26. The general election is Nov. 4.

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