GOP limits Dem gains in Florida House seats

GOP limits Dem gains in Florida House seats
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Republicans locked down a series of key Florida House seats on Tuesday, thwarting Democratic hopes that a blue wave would crash over the state.

In Florida's 6th District, Republican Michael Waltz sailed to a comfortable victory over Democrat Nancy Soderberg. Likewise, in the state's 16th District, Rep. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (R-Fla.) easily beat back a challenge from Democrat David Shapiro.

And in Florida's 18th District, Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastThis week: Lawmakers return to mourn George H.W. Bush GOP limits Dem gains in Florida House seats GOP's Mast reelected to Florida House seat MORE (R-Fla.) defeated Democrat Lauren Baer. Meanwhile, Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartGOP limits Dem gains in Florida House seats Trump surprise rattles GOP in final stretch Former TV journalist gives GOP rare dose of hope in Florida MORE (R-Fla.) secured another term in office after beating Democrat Mary Barzee Flores in the 25th District.

The GOP also locked down a win in Florida's 15th District – a toss-up district – after Republican Ross Spano edged out Democrat Kristen Carlson to succeed retiring Rep. Dennis RossDennis Alan RossIncoming GOP lawmaker says he may have violated campaign finance law Florida New Members 2019 Ross Spano wins race to replace Dennis Ross in Florida House seat MORE (R-Fla.)

While The Cook Political Report rated those four races as leaning Republican, the comfortable margins by which the GOP carried the districts may be an early signal that Florida might not break for Democrats as they had once hoped.

The results in Florida aren't all bad for Democrats. In Florida's 27th District, Democrat Donna Shalala beat out Republican Maria Elvira Salazar to secure her place as retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-Lehtinen‘Wake up, dudes’ — gender gap confounds GOP women Florida New Members 2019 House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses MORE's successor. 

That race was rated by Cook as "Lean Democrat."

Likewise, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell ousted Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloGOP lawmakers call for autopsy on 'historic losses' Bipartisan group of lawmakers propose landmark carbon tax GOP lawmaker: 'Disrespectful' for Trump to keep troops at border MORE (R-Fla.) in Florida's 26th District, delivering her party their second pick-up in the state.

--Updated at 9:54 p.m.