Margaret Good (FL-72)
February 13, 2018: Special election
WHY IS THIS RACE 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. 2018 is the first year that the new, more fairly drawn maps will be in effect.
Currently, there are 40 Democrats and 76 Republicans in the state house, with four vacancies. Winning in Florida District 72 would help Democrats gain momentum for 2018 and begin the process of taking back power under fairer maps.
Democratic candidate Margaret Good won 72% of the votes cast in the special election primary. Democratic turnout for the Special Election primary was 21.18% of eligible voters, indicating a motivated democratic electorate. She will run against Republican James Buchanan and Libertarian Alison Foxall in the general election. The District 72 race will be the only legislative contest taking place in Florida in February. Money is likely to come into the race from all over the state. She has been endorsed by Democratic leaders in the House.
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.
TEAMS SUPPORTING MARGARET
This special election is "all hands on deck"—every SDP team around the country is working on this race.