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 MastConservation remains a core conservative principle Lawmakers propose bill to end fed agency's deadly experiments on kittens Eight Republicans side with Dems on background checks for gun sales MORE (R-Fla.) defeated Democrat Lauren Baer. Meanwhile, Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartHouse passes Paycheck Fairness Act Florida lawmakers pitch bipartisan Venezuela amendment for Dream Act House Dems reintroduce the Dream Act 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 RossEx-GOP lawmaker joins family firm  Ex-GOP lawmaker joins Florida lobbying firm Incoming GOP lawmaker says he may have violated campaign finance law 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-LehtinenBottom Line The women in white and the trails they blaze Lobbying World MORE's successor. 

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

Likewise, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell ousted Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloHillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — Lawmaker sees political payback in fight over 'deepfakes' measure | Tech giants to testify at hearing on 'censorship' claims | Google pulls the plug on AI council Lawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure Ex-GOP lawmaker joins marijuana trade group MORE (R-Fla.) in Florida's 26th District, delivering her party their second pick-up in the state.

--Updated at 9:54 p.m.