Democrats win a major political victory in Florida’s state House special election, claiming another swing district in the nation’s largest swing state.
Javier Fernandez won Florida’s 114th District House seat by roughly 4 points — 51 to 47 percent — over his Republican opponent, Andrew Vargas. Independent candidate Liz de las Cuevas earned about 2.5 percent of the votes.
“Tonight’s special election victory is the latest in a string of special election victories for Florida Democrats, which shows us that after nearly 20 years of failed Republican leadership, people are ready for a change,” state party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement.
The special election was for a six-month term following the resignation of former Democrat state Representative Daisy Baez last year due to a residency scandal where she had lied about her address on her voter registration form. Voters will cast ballots again in…