District 1’s Hill Vs Bydlak Was One Of The State’s Closest House Races

August 30, 2018

Primary elections were held Tuesday in dozens of state House and Senate districts, but few held much suspense like the House District 1 race in Escambia County.

Only four House races were decided by less than 4 percent – and none of the Senate races were that close, according to results posted on the Florida Division of Elections website.

In Escambia County’s House District 1, Republican Mike Hill received 9,003 votes, or 48.09 percent, while runner-up Rebekah Bydlak received 8,460, or 45.19 percent — the third closest legislative race in the state.  A third candidate in the GOP primary, Lisa Doss, received 1,257 votes, or 6.71 percent.

The closest primary was in Volusia County’s House District 26, where Republican Elizabeth Fetterhoff received 5,683 votes, or 50.27 percent, while her GOP primary opponent, Michael Cantu, received 5,623 votes, or 49.73 percent, according to unofficial results.

by The News Service of Florida


9 Responses to “District 1’s Hill Vs Bydlak Was One Of The State’s Closest House Races”

  1. Mary on September 3rd, 2018 10:18 am

    Congratulations Mike Hill. He was the most qualified and he has actually fought for gun rights. The NRA really failed on thIs one by endorsing Bydlak. Marion Hammer needs to be replaced. She follows the money and the Gaetzes.
    Also, Bydlak was a “Gaetz pick” She would have been a “Gaetz puppet” because they knew they could control her. We need action not puppets.

  2. Amy Sly on August 31st, 2018 10:01 pm

    It was a hard choice for me between Bydlak or Doss as I think we need a woman and Mike Hill was just too conservative. I went with Doss after I saw her facebook page. The race just got too ugly and I am happy it is over!

  3. Jacoby on August 31st, 2018 2:07 am

    Rebekah’s campaign had one primary operative rule: not to appear on the same stage as Mike Hill. I’m sorry, but you’re not going to earn my vote by pushing this farce that you’re “trying to reach the voters directly” while skipping any major forum or event. We all know the actual reason—she would’ve suffered major setbacks had she taken the stage with him. The character attacks on Hill have also been so absurd—anyone who meets the guy once knows he’s as genuine and tremendous as it gets. I am proud to send Mike to Tallahassee as my representative, while I shudder at the thought of a RINO assuming that seat. It’s concerning the vote was this close honestly.

  4. Edna Whitehurst on August 30th, 2018 6:00 pm

    Hope she comes back in next election. She seems to be such an honest young woman. Hope she stays that way. Politics tends to corrupt some people.

  5. conservative voter on August 30th, 2018 4:07 pm

    I’ve got enough campaign cards in the mail to keep me warm this winter.

  6. We Will Survive on August 30th, 2018 12:16 pm

    Rebekah Bydlak may not have shown up for debates, but Rebekah was walking the neighborhoods.. Introducing herself and discussing the responsibilities of the position she was running for. Sorry for your loss Rebekah !.

    Rebekah I hope to see you again in 2020 to restore this future broken down area.

    Notta to the those that have advanced to November’s election.

  7. NativeTongue on August 30th, 2018 10:35 am

    They seemed to work well for Mr. Hill in this race.

    NW Florida sent cheating Mike Hill to Tallahassee once already and he proved he has nothing but his own interest at heart.

    Tuesday was a definite loss for House district 1.

    I hope Mrs. Bydlak grows from this and comes back stronger than ever to help restore all that Mr. Hill corrupts over the next 2 years.

  8. Julia Pearsall on August 30th, 2018 9:57 am

    Mike Hill showed up for debates, Rebekah Bydlak did not. Showing up counts more than money for ads. By the way, Vikki Garrett, (D) FL House District 1 showed up and her opponent did not. Vikki Garrett won by a wide margin. I recommend Vikki Garrett for the general election in November.

  9. Kate on August 30th, 2018 8:37 am

    I guess negative ads don’t work so well.

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