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Calvin Turnquest enters GOP primary for Murphy congressional seat

by George Bennett | October 8th, 2013

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Former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest says he’s entering the 2014 Republican primary race for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat held by freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.

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.

11 Responses to “Calvin Turnquest enters GOP primary for Murphy congressional seat”

  1. Martin C. Ounty Says:

    Calvin Calvin Calvin a tree falling in the woods.Hazner a Rino Republican who lives in West Bocaaa.No one is beating Murphy with dad’s money and acting like a Republikan.

  2. kelly Says:

    Great. Just what we need; a candidate running on race, not issues.

  3. No to Murphy Says:

    Domino is better than Patrick Murphy who moved twice and changed parties so that he could ‘win’ an election.

    Patrick Murphy is wishy-washy. He’s a local Charlie Crist.

    Ready to reclaim this congressional seat with Domino.

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