Alan Grayson Election Results: Former Congressman Reelected In Florida House Race!
Former Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat, won his House race in Florida on Tuesday night over his Republican challenger Todd Long. Grayson was first elected in 2008, but lost in the Tea Party wave of 2010.
He noted Tuesday night to HuffPost that his turnaround is the biggest on record in the history of House. No other candidate had lost by 18 points in one year, only to turn around and win the next cycle by 25 -- a 43-point swing.
Grayson, a fiery progressive, won a national following with his outspoken defense of health care reform and relentless and unapologetic assault on his GOP opposition. He benefited this election from the national small-donor fundraising base he earned through that outspokenness, and also from statewide redistricting that put him in a more Democratic district. It's a district that will be much easier to hold on to than the one he previously represented.
This election is turning out to be a great victory for true conservatism. Amen
If we didn't have so many RINOs then we would have won more seats.
Sonny Bono's old seat which his wife Mary Bono Mack has held since he died has gone Democratic. Her current husband also lost in his bid to become a Senator in Florida.
Mary Bono Mack defeated in Palm Springs upset
Seven-term Rep. Mary Bono Mack, 51, a Palm Springs Republican who gained the seat vacated when her late musician husband Sonny Bono (Sonny&Cher) died in a 1998 ski accident, has lost in a major upset to young Democrat Raul Ruiz, an emergency room physician and son of migrant farm workers.
Ruiz prevailed 51.4 percent to Mack’s 48.6 percent. Democrats could gain a total of six House seats — the maximum they projected — if they also defeat Republicans Dan Lungren in Sacramento and Brian Bilbray of San Diego in races too close to call. Along with the Bono Mack defeat, Democrats also won an open seat in Ventura, where Julia Brownley beat Tony Strickland. Openly gay Asian American Mark Takano beat Republican John Tavaglioni in Riverside, and Alan Lowenthal beat Republican Gary DeLong in Long Beach. Plus Dems held all their must-hold seats: John Garamendi (west of Sacto), Lois Capps (Santa Barbara) and Jerry McNerney (Stockton).
Mack’s husband, Connie Mack IV, also lost his Senate bid in Florida. Mack is the son of the former Florida Senator and also a House member. The two began dating in Congress.
Ruiz attacked Bono Mack for supporting vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget, which would introduce vouchers to Medicare. The parties and outside groups spent $3.3 million on the race.
Earlier this year, political analysts thought Bono Mack would not face serious trouble for another two years or more, but the new district drawn by a citizen’s commission has a smaller GOP edge and more independents. Political analysts thought Bono Mack had the edge and the race was not really on radar screens until a late surge by Ruiz. Ruiz volunteers continued knocking on doors even on election day.
Ruiz touted his background and claimed political independence. His campaign biography declares, he “is not a politician; he is a public servant and physician, dedicated to serving the community. The son of farm workers, Raul grew up in Coachella and learned at an early age that the key to attaining the American Dream was hard work and a great education. In the summer of 1990, under the hot desert sun, Raul walked from business to business in the Coachella Valley asking them to invest in their community – by contributing to his education. With each investment for college, he made a promise to come back home and serve the community as a physician.”