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Florida Democrat Wins Initial Congressional Selection After Healthcare Plan

Palm Beach, FL, United States (AHN) – In what Democrats are surely taking as an early sign of things to come in November, the GOP failed to take a particular election on Tuesday for the seat of former Florida Rep. Robert Wexler. Republicans were hoping to gain a victory similar to the one in Massachusetts early this year, when Democrats lost a seat they had held for decades.

Turnout was only 29,000 among the more than 560,000 registered voters in the congressional district, a Democratic stronghold that includes the counties of Broward, Palm Beach and Santa Rosa. Deutch, 43, is a prominent leader in the district’s Jewish community who was elected to the state Senate in 2006.

He had campaigned vigorously in defense of the Obama administration’s recently passed healthcare bill and group health insurance plan with endorsements from Wexler and former President Bill Clinton. We heard for months that tonight and today is a referendum, he said in his victory speech. Itâ??s a referendum on health care. Unofficial and incomplete results from the Florida Division of Elections have state Sen. Ted Deutch winning House District 19 with 54 percent, beating Republican Ed Lynch, who received 43 percent.

Itâ??s a referendum on the administration. Itâ??s a referendum on the direction this country is going. Let me tell you something: What we learned today is that in Broward County and Palm Beach County Florida, the Democratic Party is alive and well. Deutch will serve out the remaining months of Wexler’s term, which was due to expire in January. An election for a full term in the seat will be held this November.

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