State Republican leaders seek ticket to Washington in CD 15 contest

A new Republican-leaning congressional seat in east Tampa Bay drew several high-profile women in state politics into the federal fray. Republican voters will now decide if former Secretary of State Laurel Lee, state Sen. Kelli Stargel or state Rep. Jackie Toledo advances to a General Election.

The battle in Florida’s 15th Congressional District has become one of the most hard-fought in the state, with super PACs backing all three women piling mailboxes with positive and negative mailers.

In March, Toledo became the first major candidate in the race and quickly established herself as a fundraising leader, collecting more than $550,000 for the

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