Dem defeats Trump delegate in Florida state Senate special election

Dem defeats Trump delegate in Florida state Senate special election
© Lori Berman

The Democratic candidate in a Florida state Senate special election overwhelmingly defeated her GOP opponent, a delegate for President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE during the 2016 election.

Democrat Lori Berman easily won the special election in the state's 31st District with 74.8 percent of the vote. Republican Tami Donnally earned about 25.2 percent with nearly all precincts reporting, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

“This is a win for the people of Palm Beach County on the issues that matter to us,” Berman, a current state lawmaker, said, according to the Palm Beach Post.

“It’s a mandate that the issues we see — education, gun control, health care, the environment — matter to people of Palm Beach County,” she continued.

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Donnally, the vice chair of the Palm Beach County Republican Party and a 2016 delegate for Trump, told the Post that she was “disappointed” that more Republicans didn’t turn out to vote.

“And I don’t know why … but Palm Beach County is so blue and it feels as if it’ll never happen for the Republicans,” she added.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE easily won the district during the 2016 election with 61 percent of the vote. The seat is generally held by Democrats.