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Party nomination for state House seat goes to Botana

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Aug 21, 2020

The race to represent the Republican Party in the November election in the fight for the Florida House District 76 seat ended for one candidate on Aug. 18 once the Primary Election results were tallied.

Adam Botana won 14,162 votes in the party’s primary — 59.50 percent of the total ballots cast. Opponent Jason Maughan gleaned 9,641 votes, which made up 40.50 percent of the total.

“I’m very excited,” Botana said. “We put in a lot of work. We all did.”

He added that his campaign will take a day off before diving back in.

“We’re not looking forward past tonight right now,” Botana said.

Asked what he thought may have set him apart for voters, he cited he and his team’s hard work.

“We worked harder than anybody,” Botana said. “You can’t buy hard work.”

He moves on to the Nov. 3 General Election to face off against Democrat Anselm Weber.

Asked about his team’s approach to the upcoming campaign trail, Botana explained that his election campaign is grassroots and that his team will likely continue on that path leading into November.

“That’s where our campaign started,” he said. “We’re not going to change that halfway through.”

Botana thanked those who supported him.

“I just want to say thank you to the voters. They made this happen for me,” he said. “And my parents. They’re my biggest supporters, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Maughan did not return messages seeking comment. He posted the following on Facebook:

“Dear Friends,

I cannot thank you enough for all your kindness and I appreciate all the time and financial support you have given to help me. You have my unending thanks.”

District 76 consists of part of Lee County

All election results are unofficial until certified.