Faced with an onslaught of outside cash, Vance Aloupis outshines 2018 success

After winning the House District 115 seat by just 1 point in 2018, Aloupis was forced this year to stare down $1.7 million in a late-cycle ad blitz on behalf of his Democratic opponent.

He walked away with a 14-point win Tuesday night.

“It only makes you stronger,” Aloupis said.

That taxing win over Democrat Franccesca Cesti-Browne has Aloupis ready to unwind the way many winners do: he’s going to Disney World in the coming weeks, with his family by his side. How did Aloupis — a strong fundraiser in his own right — manage to grow on his 2018 win despite facing that surge of outside spending?

One reality is that Republicans writ-large cleaned up Tuesday night inside Miami-Dade County, and a rising Republican tide lifts all boats. Aloupis’ seat covers parts of Miami-Dade County including Pinecrest, South Miami and Palmetto Bay.

Aloupis also owes thanks to campaign advisors such as Alex Miranda of Flagler Strategy Group. While Miranda felt confident about his guy’s chances Tuesday, the final margins across the county even caught him off guard.

“I think yesterday surprised everyone, not just myself,” Miranda told Florida Politics.

Aloupis didn’t simply coast off the

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