Calvin Turnquest enters GOP primary for Murphy congressional seatby George Bennett | October 8th, 2013
Juno Beach Councilwoman Ellen Andel, former state Rep. Carl Domino and former Connecticut legislator Alan Schlesinger have already opened Republican campaigns. Former state House majority leader Adam Hasner remains a potential GOP candidate as well.
Turnquest, 44, is the only black candidate in the race. He says he hopes to persuade Republican primary voters that he would be a more viable candidate in the general election than his GOP rivals.
“I’m the only one that can take away a portion of his (Murphy’s) base,” said Turnquest, who said he was referring to black voters. Blacks make up 9.7 percent of registered voters in congressional District 18. “If you look at the big picture and see which candidate can go toe to toe with Patrick Murphy in general election, I think I am the one to do it.”
Murphy narrowly won the seat last year by defeating a black Republican, former Rep. Allen West.