Florida Rep. Keller Gets Primary Scare
Keller beat radio talk show host Todd Long, 53 percent to 47 percent, in a contest that was unexpectedly tight and raised questions about how vulnerable the incumbent will be in November. The four-term lawmaker will face attorney Alan Grayson, who also surprised Florida experts by trouncing 2006 nominee Charlie Stuart in the Democratic primary.
Grayson poured more than $1 million into his primary campaign and will presumably do so again against Keller, who is already seeking to cast the Democrat as too liberal for the district. The Orlando Sentinel points out that turnout in Tuesday's contest was extremely low, making it difficult to draw clear conclusions about how the race will play out in November. But Keller was already a target for national Democrats, and his narrow primary win likely means the target on his back just got even bigger.
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