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Politics Dems flip seat in Florida state special election

04:50  14 february  2018
04:50  14 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Democrats on Tuesday won yet another special election for a state legislative seat once held by a Republican, this time in a battleground seat south of Tampa, Fla. With all precincts reporting, attorney Margaret Good (D) took 52 percent of the vote, ousting Sarasota real estate agent James Buchanan

Source: The Hill. Democrats won a special state House election in Florida Tuesday night, picking up a seat previously held by an incumbent in a district President Trump won in the 2016 presidential election . Margaret Good, the Democratic candidate, won the District 72 special election with 52.17

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Democrats on Tuesday won yet another special election for a state legislative seat once held by a Republican, this time in a battleground seat south of Tampa, Fla.

With all precincts reporting, attorney Margaret Good (D) took 52 percent of the vote, ousting Sarasota real estate agent James Buchanan (R).

President Trump carried the state legislative district by a 5-point margin in 2016. It opened when the incumbent Republican quit to spend more time with her family and building her business.

Good won despite Buchanan's well-known name: His father, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R), owned some of the largest car dealerships in the area. He now represents a district in Congress that includes the legislative seat in which his son ran.

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Democratic candidates on Tuesday won two special elections for state legislative seats in the Northeast, another indication for the party t

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And Buchanan had some outside help, most recently from Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager. Lewandowski held a rally for Buchanan over the weekend near Sarasota, where he warned about Democratic wins in state legislative seats.

Good won support from former Vice President Joe Biden, who recorded an automated call her campaign blasted across the district in the race's final hours.

Steve Schale, a Florida Democratic strategist who ran the state for former President Obama's campaigns, said Good's margin should worry Republicans in the Midwest, because so many voters in the Sarasota area migrated south along Interstate 75.

"Not only did Democratic women really come out, the fact that so many Republicans and independents voted for Good says to me that there is a good chunk of these swing voters who are just frustrated by the direction of the administration, and sent the only message they could," Schale said.

Democrats flip deep-red Missouri state House seat, signal problems for GOP

  Democrats flip deep-red Missouri state House seat, signal problems for GOP Democrats flipped a Missouri House seat on Tuesday’s special election in a district that President Trump won by 28-points in 2016, signaling problems for the GOP ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Democrat Mike Revis won the election with nearly 52 percent of the vote while Republican David Linton received 48 percent. Tuesday’s election marks a 31-point swing to Democrats in the district compared to the 2016 presidential election.

The Democratic candidate in a Florida state Senate special election overwhelmingly defeated her GOP opponent, a delegate for President Trump during the 2016 election .

All 435 House seats are up for grabs, but only about 48 seats are considered competitive.

The district is the 17th special election in a Republican-held seat to fall into Democratic hands since Trump was inaugurated. Democrats have portrayed the wins, in states ranging from deep-red Oklahoma and Alabama to swing-purple Wisconsin and Florida, as evidence that their voters are fired up ahead of November's midterm elections.

In some cases, Democrats have dramatically overperformed their typical vote tallies. Last week, Democrats won a state House district in Missouri where Trump won by a 61 percent to 33 percent margin.

Voters in two other deep red state legislative districts headed to the polls Tuesday night. In Oklahoma, a Republican easily won a vacant state Senate seat. In Georgia, no candidate won enough of the vote to prevent a runoff election.

Updated: 9:17 p.m.

Democrats just flipped a Kentucky state legislature seat in a district Trump won by 49 points .
Democrat Linda Belcher regains her old seat. Democrat Linda Belcher was just pronounced the winner of the special election in Kentucky’s House District 49, a seat that Donald Trump carried by a 72-23 margin in 2016 and that went 66-33 for Mitt Romney in 2012. Democrat Linda Belcher was just pronounced the winner of the special election in Kentucky’s House District 49, a seat that Donald Trump carried by a 72-23 margin in 2016 and that went 66-33 for Mitt Romney in 2012.

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