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Democrat wins Foley's Fla. House seat

Nov. 7, 2006 at 11:13 PM   |   Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A Democrat, Tim Mahoney, has captured the U.S. House seat vacated by Florida Republican Mark Foley, who resigned amid scandal five weeks ago.

Foley, now in rehabilitation, is accused of sending improper e-mails to teenage male pages, among other things.

State Rep. Joe Negron took his place in the campaign, but not on the ballot -- as state law required that Foley's name remain on the ballot.

The state GOP started a campaign to let the public know that a vote for Foley was really a vote for Negron.

The National Republican Congressional Committee poured about $2 million into Negron's campaign, and Gov. Jeb Bush campaigned at his side, but Negron still lost to Mahoney in a very close race.

Negron conceded Tuesday night.

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