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 last year.
Good trounced Libertarian Alison Foxall and GOP hopeful James Buchanan, the son of Congressman Vern Buchanan who represents the area where the city of Sarasota sits. The Democrat won by a margin of almost 8 points and more than 3,000 votes—in the same district Trump clinched during the 2016 presidential elections by 5 points, according to The Daily Beast.
“I want to thank everyone who supported this campaign. 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. “The voters have spoken.”
The seat was left vacant by GOP Representative Alex Miller, who resigned in August 2017 due to family and business matters, the Beast indicated. The race received considerable national attention, as former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed the Democrat while Buchanan received the support of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Tuesday’s result is an indication that the minority party is gaining momentum as the Midterm Elections in November draw near, according to The Miami Herald. “This win shows us that Floridians are rejecting the same tired rhetoric we saw with Donald Trump’s campaign, which was the same rhetoric Buchanan used to try and win,” the Florida Democratic Party said in a statement. “This is a referendum on Trump and the GOP.”
Last week, Democratic candidate Mike Revis defeated GOP hopeful David C. Linton in a deep-red state house seat in Missouri by a 108-vote margin, according to the Beast. This is the second win for the party so far this year.
Prior to becoming a state representative, Good worked in the nonprofit community and served as an editor for the Florida Law Review at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, her website cites. She serves on the board of directors for the Sarasota County Bar Association.