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Senate District 22
All signs continue to point to an easy victory for either Rep. Jeff Brandes or Rep. Jim Frishe (or Sen. Jack Latvala) who has further consolidated local political support in Pinellas County. As Peter Schorsch at Saint Petersblog has continued to report, Frishe has locked up the support of Majority Leader Andy Gardiner and just about every other possible person who matters in terms of transferring or building support in the South Pinellas area. Senator Jack Latvala has been rumored to jump into this race as well in order to defeat Brandes who has not committed to support him for Senate President. That would leave the Northern Pinellas seat where Latvala is expected to run for Frishe. This race remains in the “Leans Republican” column but as has been the case with so many marginal seats over the past two decades the Republicans are likely to win it.
The district voted for both Barack Obama and Alex Sink but until the Democrats either prove they can run a strong campaign here or take advantage of Republican infighting, the GOP has to be favored here.
No changes were made to this week’s ratings.