Margaret Good won a special election for state representative at Florida’s 72nd district on Tuesday night, the Democratic party’s 36th legislative turn since President Donald Trump’s inauguration this past year.
The closely watched race pitted Good against Libertarian Alison Foxall and Republican James Buchanan, whose dad Vern represents the area in Congress.
The chair opened up following Republican Alex Miller resigned this past year, citing her loved ones and company as motives. Trump won the district just five points, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by some 13,000 voters.
Good’s final margin was almost eight points and more than 3,000 votes.
The Democratic celebration, insist on gaining momentum before the 2018 midterm elections, set its sights around the Sarasota district another chance to reverse a legislative seat nationally.
Days ahead of Florida’s special election, local polling indicated that Good had a small three-point lead, but a far bigger lead among people who’d said they voted.
The Florida race had taken on national prominence in part because of a string of high-profile endorsements. Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Good and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley headlined a fundraiser for her lately.
This past weekend, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski rallied supporters on behalf of Buchanan, along with former deputy campaign manager David Bossie. Voters in the event reportedly broke out into a “lock her up” chant.
“I am here to be sure something happens, that Buchanan goes to the State House and we do not have another Democrat in the office,” Lewandowski reportedly said.