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Sheldon, Thurston battle for Democratic nod

Perry Thurston's campaign bus
Perry Thurston's campaign bus
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In the final hours of their campaigns for the Democratic nomination in the race for Florida Attorney General, George Sheldon and Perry Thurston are still largely unknown throughout the state. The winner of tomorrow’s primary will earn the right to take on incumbent Republican Pam Bondi and Libertarian nominee Bill Wohlsifer.

Aside from the barely contested primary for governor, the Attorney General’s race is the only other statewide contest on Democratic ballots. Little known candidates for State CFO and Commissioner of Agriculture were uncontested for their party’s nominations, so those offices will not be on the ballot in the primary.

So, who are these men asking for your vote in tomorrow’s election? Does either candidate stand a chance come November?

Perry Thurston is an attorney and former public defendant who was first elected to the Florida State House in 2006. He is currently serving as the House minority leader and is prevented by term limits from running for re-election this year.

George Sheldon served in the Florida House from 1974 to 1982. Following a failed bid for Congress, he practiced law and was appointed as the head of Florida’s Department of Children and Families in 2008. He was later appointed as Acting Assistant Secretary for the federal Administration for Children and Families under President Obama.

Thurston has raised more than $210,000 for his campaign, while Sheldon has banked nearly $500,000 in his bid. Both are dwarfed by the more than $2 million that the Republican incumbent has amassed. Bondi also has outside groups waiting to pour money into the state at a moment’s notice.

No recent polling exists on the Democratic race, but Sheldon’s fundraising advantage gives him the likely edge. Most of Florida’s major newspapers, including the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald, backed Sheldon over the weekend in endorsement editorials.