Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, locked in a tight race in the Republican gubernatorial primary with former health care executive, will not concede, despite his opponent’s 46-43 edge in current results. He made that announcement in a just-concluded speech. State Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, introduced McCollum, quipping, “Wouldn’t be Florida if it wasn’t going to be a long night.”
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