Sen. Darryl Rouson is in for a rematch against a familiar face under a new party affiliation.
Christina Paylan challenged Rouson in Senate District 19 two years ago as a no-party candidate. She lost by 38 percentage points, drawing fewer than 80,000 votes to Rouson’s more than 174,000.
Now, she’s running as a Republican in the district, renumbered through reapportionment as Senate District 16.
Rouson is overwhelmingly favored to win again in the deep-blue district.
The new district is largely unchanged from two years ago, still splitting the bay and covering Hillsborough and South Pinellas. The voter registration overwhelmingly favors Democrats.
– Staff Report, Extensive Enterprises