Republican Blaise Ingoglia took an early lead with 61 percent of the vote in early returns for his bid for a fourth term in his District 35 House seat in the Florida Legislature.
With early votes and partial mail-in votes counted, Democrat Keith G. Laufenberg trailed with 39 percent for a district that includes the majority of Hernando County.
If the final tally falls in his favor, Ingoglia will not be able to run again due to term limits.
Born in Queens, N.Y., Ingoglia, 49, is a home builder and a former tournament poker player. A Hernando County resident since 1996, his Hartland Homes business prospered during the real estate boom as he sold houses to out-of-town