On Tuesday evening, candidate Margaret Good won a special election for state representative in southwest Florida's House District 72, becoming the 36th flip for the Democratic Party since President Donald Trump took office a year ago.
So was Good destined for victory in District 72 because of the national political climate? Good will succeed former Rep. Alex Miller, a Sarasota Republican who resigned from the House past year.
The seat opened up previous year when Republican Alex Miller resigned from the Legislature for family and business reasons. According to NBC News, "In every midterm election since the Civil War, the president's party has lost, on average, 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate". Annette Taddeo of Miami. "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", Good said in a statement Tuesday night. "That's what happened in this District 72". "I will be accessible, transparent, and fully committed to this community that has provided me and my family so much".
This month's jump in satisfaction reflects slightly more positive evaluations of the nation's direction from Republicans as well as from Democrats. Both parties poured millions of dollars into their respective candidate's campaigns.
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Good's victory represented a almost 12-point swing from Trump's winning margin in the district.
In the days leading up to the election, Buchanan campaigned alongside Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign chair, while Good was joined by former Maryland governor and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O'Malley.
It is mostly dead roses in Washington D.C., where 80 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance, according to the poll. "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.
Buchanan, who is the son of Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, received 19,782 votes (44.8 percent). But if the GOP does end up having a broader problem with turnout, it could hurt them in the midterm elections. As NBC further notes, only 24 seats are needed to flip control of the House, and the Senate has an even slighter two-seat margin.
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But pollsters also found that with voters who planned to cast ballots Election Day, Buchanan outperformed Good, which suggested a surge of eleventh-hour Republican support. He also experienced the GOP backlash in 2010 that saw Republicans do extremely well in such races.
Backed by the Koch brothers' network's spending on television ads, Trump and Republicans have aggressively sold the tax plan by highlighting the $1,000 bonuses some businesses have handed out - contrasting that with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's characterization of the plan as "the crumbs that they are giving to workers to kind of put the schmooze on". A plus on the GOP side is that Democrats are defending significantly more seats than the GOP in 2018.
Second, we are a little under nine months away from the election.
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Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.