Margaret Good (FL-72)
On February 13, 2018, Democrat Margaret Good won the special election for her seat in district 72 of the Florida House. She won with 58% of the vote in a district that went for Donald Trump in 2016.
WHY THIS RACE was IMPORTANT
Florida is a swing state with more registered Democrats than Republicans, but due to Republican gerrymandering, the state Senate and House are controlled by Republicans, and only 11 of Florida’s 27 Congressional seats are held by Democrats. In 2010, Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment to curb gerrymandering. The amendment has survived court challenges and the courts required new maps to be drawn in the Senate, but the House is still badly gerrymandered.
Democratic candidate Margaret Good won with 58% of the vote against Republican James Buchanan and Libertarian Alison Foxall in the general election.
HISTORY OF THE SEAT
The 72nd District House seat was left vacant when Republican Alexandra Miller resigned in August of 2017. It has been held by a Republican since at least 2012.