Thompson leads state Senate race by 13K vote margin

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Incumbent Nick Thompson, a Republican, appears to have won re-election to the state Legislature and will likely serve a second term in the District 73 seat.

With all but one of 45 precincts left to count, unofficial election night results show Thompson took nearly 62 percent of the vote, or 34,908 votes. His challenger, Stephen Gray-Blancett, a Democrat, took about 38 percent, or 21,780 votes.

The House district covers parts of Lee County, including parts of eastern Estero and San Carlos Park.

Thompson, 42, of Fort Myers, has said he will continue tackling property taxes and children’s issues in Tallahassee.

So far, he has helped pass an anti-bullying bill and supported legislation that would give caregivers for children more rights in court.

Gray-Blancett, 48, of Fort Myers, had criticized Thompson’s effectiveness in office. But as a Democrat, he faced an uphill battle in a heavily Republican district.

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