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The Nation

Rep. Buddy MacKay captured the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Florida over state Insurance Commissioner Bill Gunter in the runoff of their heated contest. With 3,901 of 4,462 precincts, or 87%, reporting unofficial returns, MacKay had 312,245 votes, or 53%, to Gunter’s 281,965 votes, or 47%. MacKay will oppose fellow third-term Republican Rep. Connie Mack in November. Gunter had lost a 1974 Democratic Senate runoff and won a 1980 Senate runoff only to lose in the general election. Officials said turnout statewide appeared to be no more than 20%.


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