Freshman Rep. Linda Chaney has been re-elected to House District 61, defeating Democratic challenger Janet Varnell Warwick.
Chaney won by collecting 56% of the vote. Warwick mustered 44%.
Chaney takes the seat after spending most of the pre-qualifying period unopposed, picking up a General Election opponent only days before the qualification deadline.
HD 61 covers the southwestern Pinellas County communities of Gulfport, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach. The district mirrors that of former House District 69, which Chaney took in 2020 from then-incumbent Democrat Jennifer Webb.
Chaney did hold a strong fundraising advantage and partisan edge in the district.
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