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Jeff Brandes wins Republican nominee for District 22 State Senate over Jim Frishe

11:58 PM, Aug 14, 2012   |    comments
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Jeff Brandes won August 14's Republican primary election by a 57 to 43 percent margin over State Rep. Jim Frishe of St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg, Florida- Thanking supporters, and with only a write-in candidate on the ballot in November, Republican nominee Jeff Brandes will likely become Florida's next State Senator for district 22.

Brandes won Tuesday night's Republican primary election by a 57 to 43 percent margin over State Rep. Jim Frishe of St. Petersburg.

"We've had a great campaign," said an elated Brandes outside his celebration headquarters at 400 Beach in downtown St. Pete. "Representative Frishe ran a spirited campaign."

The race was one of back and forth television ads. Brandes branded himself a fresh voice for Tallahassee, and his opponent, Jim Frishe, called himself the more experienced candidate, noting 40 years of public service, bringing Ronald Regan Republican values to Florida.

But Tuesday night, as the numbers began to show it would not be a victorious night, Frishe told 10 News the campaign was run by remote control, by those with the most money at the wheel.

"There are people with a lot of money, and Jeff is one of them," said Frishe. "He put half a million dollars of his own money in. There are people who want to control the Senate Presidency."

When asked if there was anything he regretted about the way the race was run, Brandes responded by saying that it's all in the past, and that he now looks forward to the future.

"The voters really want a fresh voice," said Brandes. "They want someone who has real experience; they want a fresh voice and new ideas in Tallahassee."

Beau Zimmer, 10 News

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