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Write-in DQ’d in race for Jamie Grant’s Tampa-area House seat

A Tallahassee judge has disqualified the write-in candidate in the Florida House District 64 race and ordered that the election between the two remaining candidates, both Republicans, be open to all voters.

Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey ruled Thursday in the lawsuit against write-in candidate Daniel John Matthews, finding that he didn’t live in the Tampa-area district when he qualified to run.

For now, her decision means all voters – regardless of party affiliation – will be able to vote for either incumbent state Rep. Jamie Grant or challenger Miriam Steinberg, a Tampa engineer.

Because the Aug. 26 primary election “is quickly approaching,” Dempsey delayed the vote — ordering it held on general election day Nov. 4.

Matthews couldn’t be reached Thursday, and his attorney declined comment beyond confirming that his client will appeal.

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