TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- All of the contenders in the 2012 election have signed in and submitted their paperwork.
Qualifying for the various state and federal offices that will be decided in the 2012 election closed Friday.
Any candidate who hadn't qualified by then will have to run as a write-in candidate.
The qualifying sets up the battle lines for the August 14 primary and the November 6 general election, though it won't be much of a battle for some candidates.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican, is running without opposition from any declared party.
Seven state senators and 28 state representatives are also looking at returning to office after the November elections, since they are unopposed in the race.
Elsewhere, however, the re-drawn districts will present some curious challenges right out of the gate.
In central Florida, the change of districts has turned two congressional allies into primary adversaries. Republican John Mica, a veteran office-holder; and Sandy Adams, a GOP new-comer, will be facing off in the primary.
The reconfiguration has put both lawmakers in the same district.