MIAMI (AP) - Republican Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis will keep his job in Florida's Cabinet.
Patronis defeated former Democratic Sen. Jeremy Ring in Tuesday's election.
He was appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott to fill the remainder of Republican Jeff Atwater's term.
Atwater took a job at Florida Atlantic University.
The 46-year-old Patronis served eight years in the Florida Legislature before Scott appointed him to the state board that regulates utilities. His family owns a popular restaurant in Panama City Beach.
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