Republicans keep Florida Legislature seats in special election

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 07, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

Republicans kept hold of a seat in the Florida Senate and one in the House after a special election Tuesday for voters in Flagler and northern Volusia counties.

In state Senate District 6, Republican Travis Hutson beat the Democratic challenger for the vacant seat previously held by John Thrasher, who resigned in 2014 to become the new president of Florida State University.

Hutson left his seat in the Florida House to run for Thrasher's old seat in the Senate. Republican Paul Renner won in that election against the Democratic challenger there.

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Both Hutson and Renner won Republican primary elections in January.

Senate District 6 covers Flagler County and northeastern Volusia County, including Holly Hill and Ormond Beach, as well as all of Putnam and St. Johns counties.

House District 24 covers Flagler County, areas of northern Volusia — including Pierson and Ormond-By-The-Sea — and southern St. Johns County, including Hastings.

And in Bushnell, Sumter County, a special election for City Clerk. The winner there was Christina Dixon. She received 67 percent of the vote in that three-way race, eliminating the need for a runoff election.