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Sheldon grabs early lead in Democratic primary for Florida attorney general

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Former Florida deputy attorney general George Sheldon has a commanding early lead in the Democratic primary for attorney general.

With 28 percent of the precincts reporting, Sheldon had 62 percent of the vote to 38 percent for state Rep. Perry Thurston.

But those early returns do not include many votes from South Florida. Thurston is a Fort Lauderdale attorney and legislator and Sheldon is from Tallahassee. He also worked as a top official in the Obama administration.

The winner of the primary will face Republican incumbent Pam Bondi and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer.

The Democratic primary has been a low-profile campaign where the two rivals largely refrained from criticizing each other directly. Instead they have been united in their unfailing criticism of Bondi.

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