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Alex Sink

Democrats say Florida statehouse race a bellwether for US

A Democratic win in a Florida statehouse district that's firmly Republican is being called a bellwether for national politics, a referendum of sorts on President Donald Trump and his conservative agenda.

On Tuesday, in Florida's House District 72 — a district that encompasses the southern end of the city of Sarasota, a few smaller communities in Sarasota County and the upscale barrier island of Siesta Key — Democrat Margaret Good won by seven percentage points over a Republican James Buchanan, the son of six-term Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. She claimed 52.2 percent of the vote compared with 44.8 percent for Buchanan and 3 percent for Libertarian Alison Foxall.