February 1, 2023

Democrats just scored a stunning victory in deep red Florida special election

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In a devastating blow to the President and his party, Democrats have scored yet another victory in a district that Trump took in 2016.


Democrat Margaret Good, an attorney, has edged out her Republican challenger, James Buchanan, in today’s race to represent Florida’s State House district 72 by a margin of 52 percent to 44.8 percent, flipping the long-held Republican seat to Democratic control.

The Republican loss is all the more impressive considering Trump won the 72nd district by five points during the 2016 presidential election, 51 percent to 46 percent. In total, from the 2016 election to tonight, the district has swung 12 points to the left.

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Tonight’s victory is only the latest in a wave of stunning Democratic success stories around the country. Thus far, Democrats have unseated Republicans in a vast number of what were thought to be unwinnable races. Aside from flipping New Jersey’s and winning Virginia’s gubernatorial races, Democrats also earned a historic victory electing Doug Jones to the Alabama Senate, the first time that a Democrat has won in that state in a quarter century.

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Democrats have also picked up a slew of seats in other races around the country.

Since the beginning of 2017, Democrats have flipped 17 seats in special elections. Republicans have only flipped three. In total, Democrats have flipped 37 seats from red to blue since Trump’s inauguration. Even in solidly red districts, such as those in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Kansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri and now Florida, Democrats are overperforming Trump’s numbers by double digits.

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As the Trump administration and its Republican enablers in Congress continue their assault on the will of the American people – from healthcare to tax cuts for the rich to net neutrality to immigration – voters across the country are delivering a serious message to the White House, one race at a time.

If tonight’s Florida results are duplicated around the country in the upcoming midterm elections, the entire Republican Party will be on life support.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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