aside Democrats Take Another State Legislative State In Republican Territory/ Sarasota, FL

Image result for photos of maps of sarasota flI use to live in Sarasota, Florida and I know first hand that this is republican territory. This February 13, 2018 another Democrat toppled a Republican for a state congressional seat in an area that went for President Donald Trump by 5 points This was a heavily watched election by both the Republican and Democratic Parties because this fit the parameters of a true bell weather election. The Democrat, Margaret Good won handily in Sarasota, Florida. This is the 36th republican elected seat that has been successfully challenged by a Democrat ahead of the 2018 November elections.

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Here is the rest of the story

On February 12, 2018, David Smiley of the Miami Herald penned the following report, “In nationally watched race, Democrat takes state House seat in Trump-friendly Sarasota”

Excerpts:

“A small swath of southwest Florida captured the attention of the country Tuesday (2/14/18) night as Democrats and Republicans battled over a lowly state House seat in a symbolic struggle over the country’s political future.”

“By night’s end, Democrat Margaret Good had waltzed into Trump territory and trounced James Buchanan, the son of a GOP congressman, to take the special election for Florida’s House District 72. But the ballot might as well have read Republicans vs. the Blue Wave.”

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“Despite the low literal stakes of the election — a nine-month term in a chamber of the Florida Legislature where Republicans hold a near super-majority — Republicans and Democrats treated the Sarasota district like a proxy for the midterm congressional elections. Democratic donors from as far away as California cut checks to Good, an attorney, and former Vice President Joe Biden recorded a robo-call for her. For the Republicans, Gov. Rick Scott helped, and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski parachuted into the Gulf Coast Sunday to lead a Republican rally.The results, the latest in a minority party surge that has seen the party swing dozens of legislative seats across the country since Trump stunned Democrats in 2016, have the minority party riding high about their prospects heading into November.”

James Buchanan and Florida Gov. Rick Scott/ Facebook

“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 said in a statement Tuesday night. “This is a referendum on Trump and the GOP.”

“Florida Republicans, forced to defend the seat Tuesday after Republican Rep. Alex Miller suddenly resigned last year, were prepared for Tuesday’s loss and were dismissive of the significance of the results,which saw Good beat Buchanan by a 52 – 45 margin. The party is, after all, still 3-1 in special House elections over the last year.’

“It’s amazing what low expectations can do,” said Jose Felix Diaz, a former GOP state representative who in September lost to Democrat Annette Taddeo in a special election for a left-leaning Miami Senate seat.”

“Though the GOP held a significant clear advantage in voter registration, Democrats have won in the district before. Good was also probably aided at least a little by the presence of a Libertarian candidate on the ballot more likely to siphon votes from the right than the left.”

“There’s a legitimate feeling on the side of the Democrats that they have an opportunity, that midterm elections generally provide an opportunity to the minority party. They also feel the polarization in the country, that they can capitalize on that,” Republican State Rep. Jose Oliva, who as incoming Florida House Speaker coordinates the party’s House campaigns, said Monday night. “So far in Republican House seats in these special [elections], that hasn’t been the case. I think we’ll do fine for the general in November.”

IF THIS WAS A RACE WHERE SHE WON BECAUSE DEMOCRATS OUTNUMBERED REPUBLICANS, THAT WOULD BE ONE THING. SHE’S GOING TO WIN BY 7 OR 8 POINTS DESPITE THE FACT THAT 2,000 MORE REPUBLICANS VOTED THAN DEMOCRATS

Steve Schale, political strategist

4 comments

  1. The next special election is being held for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District on March 13, 2018. It is expected that the republican will win but the democratic candidate Connor Lamb is outstanding. If the democrat wins this next month’s election, the canary in the mine shaft will really be singing.

    Hugs, Gronda

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