Altamonte Springs Republican Rep. Bob Cortes is facing three challengers in his bid for a third term in House District 30, but if straw polls are any indication he’s ready for November.
The Cortes campaign touted a landslide win in the ballot test held at the East Side Regional Hob Nob on Monday night on, where he nearly tripled the combined vote tally of his three opponents.
“I really appreciate everyone who came out to support us last night,” said Cortes. “It’s been a privilege to work hard for the people of District 30 over the last four years, and I think people recognize that. I plan to keep working hard, in this campaign and back in Tallahassee, to serve the hardworking men and women of this district.”
Cortes garnered 73 percent of the vote in the poll, while the three Democrats running against split the remainder — Joy Goff-Marcil took 12.5 percent, followed by Clark Anderson at 9.7 percent and Brandon Ramirez at 4.5 percent.
Of course, the Hob Nob was sponsored by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, and most Chamber groups tend to favor Republican candidates. Past elections indicate the HD 30 race will be much closer.
The district was held by Democratic Rep. Karen Castor Dentel for the first two years after it was redrawn before Cortes defeated her by 3 points in 2014. Two years later, Cortes ran far ahead of Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, securing a second term with a 7-point victory over Democrat Ryan Neal Yadav as HD 30 voted plus-8 in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Like last go around, Cortes has a firm lead in campaign finance.
As of June 22, he had raised more than $130,000 for his campaign and had $105,775 in the bank. Goff-Marcil has the best fundraising on the Democratic side with $21,813 and $14,327 on hand.
Anderson has raised about $4,000 and has $11,000 on hand thanks to candidate loans, while Ramirez has raised $2,000 and chipped in $22,880 in loans. He has all of that on hand.
The Democratic nominee will be decided in the Aug. 28 primary election. The general election is Nov. 6.