Democrats just won a special election in a Florida district that voted for Trump

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Democrats scored another electoral victory on Tuesday night in Florida, as Democratic candidate Margaret Good won a special election for state representative.

Good defeated Republican James Buchanan and Alison Foxall to represent Florida’s 72nd District — covering much of the Sarasota area — which was previously held by Republican Alex Miller, who resigned last year due to family and business reasons. Buchanan’s father Vern represents the district as a Republican congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Daily Beast reported.

Good’s victory marks the 36th time the Democrats have flipped a seat previously occupied by a Republican since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Trump won the district — which has more registered Republicans than Democrats — by around 5 points during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

The district saw a 36.04 percent voter turnout, and Good claimed more than 52 percent of the vote, with a margin of 8 percentage points (around 3,000 votes). The race was identified by analysts as a bellwether for the health of the GOP for the 2018 midterms and beyond in what has become the country’s biggest swing state.

“This win shows us that Floridians are rejecting the same tired rhetoric we saw with Donald Trump’s campaign, which was the same rhetoric Buchanan used to try and win,” the Florida Democratic Party tweeted. “This is a referendum on Trump and the GOP.”

This article was published on reverepress.com

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