Rep. Nick DiCeglie will move his office to the Florida Senate.
The Pinellas County Republican bested Democratic opponent Eunic Ortiz in the race for Senate District 18 Tuesday night with 56.89% of the vote to Ortiz’s 43.11%.
DiCeglie will replace Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes in what was Senate District 24 before redistricting.
The district has a Republican edge. Nearly 140,000 voters are Republican, while just over 125,000 are Democrats. Still, it’s a fairly purple district with nearly 113,000 non-partisan voters.
And while the seat was open, DiCeglie had the advantage of being an experienced legislator, and a strong fundraising advantage.
– Kelly Hayes, Extensive Enterprises Media