Spano said he was elated.
“It’s hard to explain. It’s pretty incredible,” he said. “We just had a great grassroots kind of swell of support. Having been born and raised here, having a business here, being in church here, people just rallied around me.”
Spano faces Democrat Gail Gottlieb in the general election.
Joe Wicker, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran and small businessman, ran a close second.
Betty Jo Tompkins, a 65-year-old business woman from Brandon, and Michael Arden Floyd, a 68-year-old retired law officer, ran a distant third and fourth, respectively, in the race to represent a district that encompasses virtually all of the Brandon area — including Valrico, Dover, Seffner, Riverview, Palm River and Clair-Mel City.