Sunday, December 3

Rebekah Jones wins Democratic primary, will face Matt Gaetz for House

Democrat Rebekah Jones will face U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz in the battle for Florida’s 1st Congressional District race, according to early results.

Jones beat out Peggy Schiller, who tried unsuccessfully to get Jones removed from the primary ballot alleging Jones had been a registered “unaffiliated” for a crucial two-month period while Jones lived in Maryland. 

Last week, Leon County Circuit Court Judge John Cooper ruled that Jones did not meet the requirements to run as a Democratic candidate in the primary because she had not been a registered Democrat for a full 365 days before qualifying in June. Florida’s First District Court of Appeal overruled that finding Monday morning, writing a candidate’s sworn statement of party affiliation cannot be challenged as a basis for disqualification.

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