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2010 Florida's 8th congressional district election

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Florida's 8th congressional district
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  Daniel Webster
RWinter Park
Area1,158 sq mi (3,000 km2)
  • 91.7% urban
  • 8.3% rural
Population (2000)639,295
Median household
Cook PVIR+2

Florida's 8th U.S. congressional district is located in central Florida. Florida's 8th district is located in parts of Orange County, Lake County, Marion County and Osceola County. Most of Orlando is in the district, including Walt Disney World. This district was represented by freshman Alan Grayson of the Democratic Party.

In 2008, Alan Grayson defeated then-incumbent Ric Keller by a four point margin (52%-48%).[1] Grayson has been scrutinized by those who believe his explanation of the Republican Healthcare plan was inappropriate: "1. Don't Get Sick, 2. And if you do get sick... 3. Die Quickly".[2] Grayson also drew fire a brief attempt to characterize Webster as "Taliban Dan" for his more conservative ideas on women's rights in a television ad.[3]


In the Florida Primary election, Grayson ran unopposed. The Republicans chose former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Daniel Webster from a list of four other Republicans. Dan Webster won the primary with 40.2% of the vote or 24,723 votes.[4]

Hypothetical polling

Poll Source Date(s)
of Error
Daniel Webster (R) Alan Grayson (D) Peg Dunmire (TP) George Metcalfe (NPA) Undecided
Sunshine State News[5] October 22–25, 2010 801 LV ±3.46% 48% 41% 4% 1% 5%
Sunshine State News[6] September 25–27, 2010 559 LV ±4% 43% 36% 6% 3% 9%

General election

Daniel Webster ultimately won the general election by a margin of nearly 18 percentage points, unseating Alan Grayson after one term.

General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Webster 123,464 56.13
Democratic Alan Grayson 84,036 38.20
Florida TEA Party Peg Dunmire 8,324 3.78
Independent George Metcalfe 4,140 1.88
No party Steven Gerritzen (write-in)
Total votes 219,964 100
Republican gain from Democratic



  1. ^ Cahn, Emily (2015-02-05). "Politics Home Page : Roll Call". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  2. ^ "Alan Grayson on the GOP Health Care Plan: "Don't Get Sick! And if You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly!"'". YouTube. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  3. ^ "Central Florida Political Pulse Blog - Orlando Sentinel". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  4. ^ "2014 Election Results Senate: Map by State, Live Midterm Voting Updates". Politico. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  5. ^ "Poll: Webster Beats Down 'Angry' Grayson". Sunshine State News. Archived from the original on 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  6. ^ Ward, Kenric (2010-09-28). "Poll: Obama, Dems Poised to Lose Grayson House Seat". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  7. ^ "Florida Department of state : Election rEproting System". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
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