In HD 59, who is the favorite to win? Joe Wicker? Or is it Betty Jo Tompkins

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By all indications, Joe Wicker received the nod from House Republican leadership as the anointed one in the race for State House District 59, the seat that Rachel Burgin would be running forif her ambition hadn’t driven her to run for the State Sente.

Wicker might have the nod, but that memo hasn’t seemed to make the rounds in the district. Another Republican, Betty Jo Tompkins, appears to be getting some traction. She just picked up the endorsement of the Tampa Bay Home Builders, the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau, County Commission Chair Ken Hagan and 20 of the past presidents of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.

Via Patrick Manteiga of La Gaceta.

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