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State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto

By recruiting 21-year-old Cody Eads to run as a fake candidate for the Democrats in the primary elections last year, State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Republican, legally stopped more than half of Lee County’s voters from having any say in the race for District 27. The Democrats had put up no one, so Sen. Benacquisto convinced write-in candidate Eads to appear on the Democratic primary ballot, legally closing the Republican primary to any voters who were not Republican. Since her district includes the barrier islands, all of Cape Coral and Fort Myers south to Bonita Springs and east to Alva — Sen. Benacquisto disenfranchised most of Lee’s registered Independents (113,404), Democrats (118,407), and Minors (10,850 members with other parties). That’s a total of 242,661 registered voters. Only the county’s 187,671 registered had a chance to vote for or against her or her Republican opponent, Jason Maughan. It’s worked out well for her. She was named chair of the Rules Committee, one of the two most influential committees in the Senate.

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