Republicans might be cringing watching the slow crawl presidential results come through in other parts of the nation, but in Florida there is much for the GOP to celebrate.
Aside from President Donald Trump’s commanding more than 3 percentage point victory in the state Tuesday night, down ballot Republicans cleaned up in Florida House races. They might have one man in particular to thank: Speaker Designate Chris Sprowls.
Republicans netted five seats Tuesday night, growing their majority in the House from 73-47 to 78-42, just outside the super-majority threshold.
The gains mean Republicans reclaimed the same number of seats they lost two years ago amidst what some claimed was a blue wave serving as a referendum on President Trump. Democrats won back four seats in 2018. Now the GOP has bridged that gap, plus a seat.
Victories came for Republicans challenging Democratic incumbents in Pinellas, St. Lucie and Miami-Dade counties — Linda Chaney over Rep. Jennifer Webb in HD 69, Dana Trabulsy over Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson in HD 84 and Tom Fabricio over Rep. Cindy Polo in HD 103.
Republicans won open seats in Sarasota County’s HD 72 with Fiona McFarland besting Drake Buckman