Judge Hearing Florida House Primary Challenge

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A judge is hearing a challenge to Rep. Barbara Watson's 13-vote victory in the Democratic primary for a South Florida seat in the state House.
A lawyer for Rep. John Patrick Julien plans to argue Tuesday that all absentee ballots should be thrown out. He contends some absentee ballots were obtained by a ballot broker and included votes cast by people who are dead or say they never voted.
Not counting the absentee votes would make Julien, of North Miami, the winner over Watson, of Miami Gardens.
The case is being heard by Circuit Judge Charles Francis in Tallahassee.
The two incumbents faced each other in the primary because redistricting put them in the same district. The Democratic winner is virtually assured of re-election against two write-in candidates.

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