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Rodrigues wins state Senate seat over Brown

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Nov 3, 2020

In tonight’s General Election, the outcome of the Florida Senate District 27 seat was decided.

Republican Ray Rodrigues garnered 176,085 votes — 60.50 percent of the total ballots cast in Lee County. Democratic opponent Rachel Brown earned 114,980 votes or 39.50 percent of the ballots cast.

In Lee, a total of 394,817 ballots were received, for a voter turnout of 80.71 percent.

“I’m very humbled by the support that Lee County voters have shown me,” Rodrigues said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity in front of us and look forward to serving Lee County in the senate.”

Asked what he thinks won him the seat, Rodrigues cited a combination of things.

“Republicans have a strong edge. This is a more conservative area of the state,” he said, adding that he likely naturally appealed to them. “It’s clear we got some strong support along non-partisan voters.”

Rodrigues also pointed to his experience serving in the Florida House.

“I think that experience was probably critical,” he said.

As for his top priorities on taking up the Senate seat, Rodrigues cited a focus on water quality issues, being a champion of government and Sunshine Laws, and working to protect the most vulnerable.

“My intention will be to continue working on the priorities that I’ve been working on in the House for the last eight years,” he said.

Rodrigues voiced appreciation for his supporters, campaign volunteers and donors.

“I want to thank the voters in Lee County. It truly is humbling to have their support and have the opportunity to be their voice,” he said, adding that he will fight for those who voted for him and those who did not. “I’m going to go up there and represent our interests.”

Rachel Brown could not be reached for comment as of press time.

District 27 consists of part of Lee County.

All election results are unofficial until certified.