Mast out to early lead [UPDATED: MAST WINS]

Brian Mast is leading in the Florida-18 race. With about 12 percent of the vote in, he’s ahead by 52.3 to 44.5.

Mast was a Power Line pick. We wrote about him here.

This race represents a rare, if not unique, opportunity for the Republicans to pick up a House seat currently held by a Democrat. So far, it’s looking good.

UPDATE: Mast now leads by about 10 points with two-thirds of the vote in.

MAST WINS: According to Politico. Unfortunately, Politico has also called Florida-13 for the odious Charlie Crist.