SARASOTA, Fla. - A normally small special election garnered national attention with some heavyweight supporters and resulted in an upset win on Monday.
Margaret Good, a Democrat, beat out James Buchanan, a Republican, for the Florida House District 72 seat vacated by Republican Alex Miller's resignation.
Miller stepped down due to the "top-down" nature of the Florida legislature, according to our news partners at the Tampa Bay Times.
Good, a Sarasota attorney, was backed by former Vice President Joe Biden and gained 52 percent of the vote. Buchanan was endorsed by Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and gained 44 percent of the vote.
“I want to thank everyone who supported this campaign," Good said in a statement. "It would not have been possible without the thousands of individuals, who like me, have had enough of the divisiveness that permeates Tallahassee and gave of their time, money and talent."
Republicans outnumber Democrats in the district by about 13,000 voters. Miller, who was a first-term representative, won her 2016 race by 16 points, according to the Times.
National news outlets, including Vox, are covering the election. Many say the flipping of districts from red to blue are indicators of how the midterm elections could go in November.
"Democrats are organizing, investing, and winning elections across Florida as voters reject Rick Scott and Donald Trump’s disastrous agenda," Florida Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.
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