At her Jacksonville election night party, Democratic state Senate candidate Deborah Gianoulis, tells The Florida Independent that she’s “relaxed.” Gianoulis ran a strong campaign against Republican insider John Thrasher — now serving as head of the Republican Party of Florida.

She spent the day waving signs with supporters and talking with voters door-to-door, sleeping in her car between campaign stops. Early returns have her down to Thrasher by a wide margin: 59-41 percent.

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