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Northeast Florida Republicans carry the day in state Legislature

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Clay Yaborough is a former state representative and Jacksonville city councilman.

As with their fellow Republicans farther up the ballot, GOP candidates for seats in the state Legislature dominated yesterday’s midterm elections in Northeast Florida.

With the exception of districts in the core of Jacksonville, Republicans rolled in legislative elections across the region. Here’s how it shook out:

State Senate District 4

Former State Rep. and Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yaborough is headed to the state Senate after defeating political newcomer Sharmin Smith in District 4, which covers Nassau County and western, northern and southeastern Duval. The district seat opened when Republican Aaron Bean termed out of the Senate; Bean was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

State Senate District 5

Democratic State Rep. Tracie Davis defeated Republican Binod Kumar in this largely Democratic district, which covers most of Jacksonville within the Interstate 295 ring and part of southwest Duval. Davis goes to the Senate after serving three terms in the House.

State House District 11

Incumbent Rep. Sam Garrison, a Republican, beat Democrat Cornelius Jones of Orange Park in this district, located in Clay County.

State House District 13

State Rep. Angie Nixon, a Democrat who previously held the District 14 seat, was drawn into District 13 after redistricting. She beat unaffiliated newcomer La’Ciara Masline by a wide margin to take the District 13 election, which covers central Jacksonville and portions of the Westside.

State House Districts 15 and 16

Dean Black, the chair of the Duval Republican Party, and Kiyan Michael both defeated unaffiliated candidates in Districts 15 and 16, respectively.

State House District 17

Republican Jessica Baker, a former member of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s staff and a prosecutor with the 7th Judicial Circuit, took more than 60% of the vote over Democrat Michael Anderson in a race between two first-time candidates.

State House District 19

House Speaker-designate Paul Renner, a Republican, defeated Democrat Adam Morley for a fifth time in this Flagler-St. Johns seat.