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Many candidates for Florida House unopposed

Local 6 News at 6:00p

More than a third of candidates running for seats in the Florida House of Representatives are running unopposed.

"It is pretty sad that we have that quite frankly," Audrey Jewett said. Jewett is a political science professor at the University of Central Florida, specializing in Florida politics.\

According to the state election website, of the 120 seats in the Florida House, 46 candidates are running unopposed.

Jewett says if there is a strong incumbent, others often don't enter the race.

"Why would I waste all my time and money and effort running when I don't think I have a good chance of winning," he said.

While millions of dollars are spent on political ads that are bombarding the airwaves, the vast majority are for the race for governor.

"It really does shortchange representative democracy in Florida. It's not good to have so many unopposed candidates. Voters should have choices," Jewett said.