Lauren Book and Barbara Sharief locked in ‘ugly’ Primary contest

The most-watched Primary Senate race is in southwest Broward County, pitting the Senate Democratic Leader against a local politician who’s served the area for 13 years.

Sen. Lauren Book, who’s broken fundraising records for boosting other Democrats, is facing her first-ever ballot challenge in former Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief in Senate District 35.

A quirk of redistricting triggered the contest, as Book moved here to avoid a Primary with Sen. Rosalind Osgood, who had just won election to Senate District 32 in a March Special Election.

The campaign, which pits one of the Legislature’s best-known pols against a veteran city

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