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 MastHalting gun violence demands moral leadership The 9 House Republicans who support background checks Two cats visit Capitol Hill to thank lawmakers who helped end 'kitten slaughterhouse' MORE (R-Fla.) defeated Democrat Lauren Baer. Meanwhile, Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartTrump calls on Supreme Court to strike down DACA, says deal possible Yes, President Trump, we do have a homelessness crisis and you're making it harder for us to address Congress sends a clear message that America is stronger for helping refugees 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 RossWave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Pro-Saudi Arabia think tank abruptly closes in Washington 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-LehtinenRepublican Salazar seeks rematch with Shalala in key Miami House district Latina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm MORE's successor. 

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

Likewise, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell ousted Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloThe Memo: Bad polls for Trump shake GOP Anxious GOP treads carefully with Trump defense The Memo: Trump's rage may backfire on impeachment MORE (R-Fla.) in Florida's 26th District, delivering her party their second pick-up in the state.

--Updated at 9:54 p.m.