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Florida Republicans Retain State Government But Lose Two Congressional Seats

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Florida Republican Attorney General Charlie Crist swept to an easy victory Tuesday with a margin of 52% to 45% over Democratic candidate Jim Davis. Crist was never behind during the evening as statewide precincts reported their results, and Davis conceded relatively early in the evening.

Reform Party candidate Max Linn turned in a disappointing third party challenge, winning only 1.94% of the statewide vote. A late bloomer who just a week ago crashed the televised Governor’s Race debate, Linn had very little name recognition.

Crist campaigned on a mostly conservative platform, pledging to continue popular Governor Jeb Bush’s programs, and was strongly supported by the Governor. Crist outspent his opponent by a large margin and ran a professional, savvy campaign. His most serious misstep was to snub President George W. Bush at a rally in Pensacola over election weekend. Crist, who was campaigning in South Florida when Bush was in Pensacola, sought to distance himself from the beleaguered President, but later thanked him during his victory speech Tuesday night, during which he promised Florida’s citizens “less taxing, less government, and more freedom” while he is Governor.

Republican Bill McCollum won Crist’s old job of Attorney General, while Republican Charles Bronson held onto his Agriculture Commissioner job.

Democrat Alex Sink, whose husband, Bill McBride ran unsuccesfully for Governor in 2002, won the Chief Financial Officer race handily on her impressive credentials as the former President of Bank of America-Florida. As CFO, Ms. Sink will be the state’s top business regulator; and as a cabinet officer, she will be an active participant in setting state policy on such important issues as environmental protection, law enforcement, and land use.

The GOP did not fare as well in Florida’s Congressional races, suffering a net loss of two critical seats. With a total House delegation of 19 seats, Florida will send 16 Republicans and 3 Democrats to Washington.

Republican Joe Negron, the Party-designated replacement for disgraced Congressman Mark Foley, narrowly lost the District 16 seat to Democrat Tim Mahoney by a margin of 2,293 votes out of a total of 199,780 cast. Independent Emmie Ross, who captured 5,489 votes in the District, may well have been the spoiler in this race.

The GOP’s most significant stumble in Florida was veteran Congressman E. Clay Shaw Jr.’s 49% (93,742 votes) to 51% (101,902 votes) loss to Ron Klein, a Boca Raton lawyer and lobbyist. The loss ends Shaw’s 26 year tenure in Congress.

With Shaw’s defeat, the Republicans lose his House Ways and Means Committee seat, as well as his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. He also sat on the Joint Commitee on Taxation.

At the end of the day, the Florida GOP kept its grasp on state politics, but did little to help the RNC hold onto the House of Representatives.

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About Clavos

Raised in Mexico by American parents, Clavos is proudly bi-cultural, and considers both Spanish and English as his native languages. A lifelong boating enthusiast, Clavos lives aboard his ancient trawler, Second Act, in Coconut Grove, Florida and enjoys cruising the Bahamas and Florida Keys from that base. When not dealing with the never-ending maintenance issues inherent in ancient trawlers, Clavos sells yachts to finance his boat habit, but his real love (after boating, of course) is writing and editing; a craft he has practiced at Blogcritics since 2006.
  • Clavos

    Politics editors,

    Can one of you fix the link in this story for me?

    Somehow, the html tags got left off, and I can’t edit once it’s published.

    TIA, guys!

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    Hope you don’t mind your article being fixed by a non-Republican, yea, non-American, Clavos. Your coding was seriously messed up!

    For future reference, you may care to visit HTML Code Tutorial, which has a very clear explanation of how to make links active correctly, along with a wealth of other good info.

  • Clavos

    Thanks, Christopher!!

    Actually, I wrote this VERY late last night, after returns were in; that’s why the coding was messed up.

    I’ve had the html tutorial bookmarked for some time.
    Usually, I don’t have a problem, but then I don’t usually do it while asleep!

    Thanks again!

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    No worries, Clavos; by the way, congratulations on having stepped up recently from the ranks of commenters to bona fide Blogcritics writer.

    ¡Felicidades!

  • http://counter-point.blogspot.com Scott

    I was way off.

    I expected either Idaho governor, Alaska governor or Florida governor (my home state) to go Democratic and be the upset win of the night in governor’s races.

    For a while I thought it would be Florida…anecdotal evidence suggested low turnout in the panhandle (conservative stronghold) and a high percentage of Democratic early voting in South Florida. Crist’s snub of Pres. Bush here on Monday did not sit well with area Republicans, I can tell you that much.

    In the end, none of my upset picks went Democratic. That’s ok. I was pleasantly suprised Klein picked off Shaw in FL-22 as I was almost certain that race would not flip.

    By the way, Florida has 25 total house seats, not 19. The next congress will have 16 Republicans and 9 Democrats.

  • Clavos

    By the way, Florida has 25 total house seats, not 19. The next congress will have 16 Republicans and 9 Democrats.

    Oops. Of course you’re right; I forgot the ones not up for re-election this year!

    And one of them, Wasserman-Schultz, is mine!!

    Sigh…

  • Clavos

    Estimado Don Cristobal,

    ¡Muchas gracias por sus palabras tan amables!

    I have to admit I’m enjoying posting articles very much; I now find myself looking for ideas everywhere.

  • http://counter-point.blogspot.com Scott

    Democrats gained 6 state house seats. I forgot to mention that.

  • Clavos

    Now that, two days later, we’ve all had a chance to reflect a little on the election; it appears, to me at least, that the Republicans dealt with their loss with a lot more grace and a lot less acrimony than did the Democrats in both 2000 and 2004.

  • MCH

    Clavos;

    Is it remotely possible that your opinion in #9 could be based on bi-partisanship?

  • Clavos

    Should it be?

  • Peter J

    Hi Clavos, Good article, the only thing I take exception to is your comment on Charlie Crist’

    “Crist outspent his opponent by a large margin and ran a professional, savvy campaign.”

    I found his campaign to be mostly a slandering, mudslinging fest. That kind of campaigning is embarrasing and an insult to voters, I’ve gone as far as to skip a vote or go to a third party (if they’re qualified) . It would be nice if candidates themselves would shun such advertising and run strictly on their own merits rather than this sort of scandalizing crap.
    It’s hard to trust someone who resorts to these tactics.

  • Clavos

    Peter,

    Thanks!

    You make a good point, although I think it fits the Davis/Dem campaign nearly as well. And, I have to confess I liked the empty chair.

    I’ve gone as far as to skip a vote or go to a third party (if they’re qualified

    I actually did vote for Linn, and precisely because I thought he was the best qualified of the three.

  • Clavos

    MCH,

    Happy Veteran’s Day!

    Clavos

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Uh…check this out before the celebrtion gets too serious!

    Jet

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “The GOP did not fare as well in Florida’s Congressional races, suffering a net loss of two critical seats. With a total House delegation of 19 seats, Florida will send 16 Republicans and 3 Democrats to Washington.”

    Sorry, but that isn’t the case. Florida sends 25 Congress-critters to DC, with 16 Republicans and 9 Democrats…

  • Clavos

    RJ,

    Thanks, but you’re late to the party; See #s 5 & 6.

    Clavos

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Oh, I did not realize that it had already been pointed out…nevermind! :-/

    BTW, welcome to Blogcritics! I look forward to reading more of your articles in the future! :)

  • Clavos

    Thank you, Sir! I’m having fun so far.

  • MCH

    Hey Clavos –
    Have a good Veterans Day!

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Happy Veterans Day to both of you.

  • Clavos

    Thanks, MCH and RJ.

    And a Happy Veterans Day to Nancy, Andy, SFCSKI, Gonzo (I believe you’re a vet; but if not, Happy Vet’s Day anyway), and all of America’s veterans, wherever and whomever you are!

    Clavos

  • SFC SKI

    Thanks, and right back at ya.

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Clavos #7 says…I have to admit I’m enjoying posting articles very much; I now find myself looking for ideas everywhere

    Bad move, DON’T force it. Think about things you like, if you don’t hit on something take your time.

    A suggestion, Go to google news and set up a custom file, put in all of your interests no matter how trivial and then every day check to see if there’s a news item on one that piques your interest.

    Usually what happens is it’ll be something only slightly related that’ll pop up that you never thought of on a side tangent.

    Never force yourself thinking you HAVE to put out something. Write from the heart, not from the need and you’ll be great. The ones you’ve “forced” out usually are lousy.

    I’ve found a great tool since this site revamped.
    In the side bar watch the Most Readers-NOT-the most comments. Some of my best lately, I was really discouraged that I wasn’t getting comments on until I realized that my most popular for a while was the story I did on Doogie Howser, but wans’t getting any comments on and thought it’d flopped.

    You’ve gotten off to a fine start.

    Go get ’em sweetie.
    Jet

  • Clavos

    Thanks, Jet.

    For both the encouragement AND the advice.

    I have a bookmark folder called “BC Research” which gets the tidbits (and larger) of things that catch my eye, good sources, etc. I may have to make another — it’s growing fast!

    I see what you mean about forcing it; I won’t.

    I like the “most Readers” idea-Thanks!

    I’ve always enjoyed your satires. I’d like to try that sometime, but that’s really tough to pull off; I’ll look at that down the road.

    Thanks, my friend.

    How are the health issues these days?

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    You’re most welcome Clavos. thanks for asking. Ohio State has given up on the lasers after the 10th surgeries saying any more would be more harm than good. With my eyes fading, they’re now talking experimental drugs just approved by the FDA.

    I also have an appointment with a Psychiatrist to get my depression drugs changed as Cymbalta is now causing quick tempers and paranoia. I really hate that I can’t have my old life back and my art career, and can’t stop reaching toward the past thinking I have no future.

    Now…
    About satires.

    Write them as serious news articles. NEVER set out to tell a joke, tell a story. People laugh more at something that strikes them as familiar that they may have done themselves, or something they recognize that they might have done in the subject’s same circumstances.

    Trust me, satire is a tough art.
    My fovorite one is still the Blogcritics Blimp crash causing Jerry Falwell to have a heart attack as it destroys his entire church. Use that as a model and you’ll see what I mean, but it has to “feel” real like a good ghost story that you laugh at that you fell for, or a good Bill Cosby album.

    Don’t let the flops get to you, sometimes I think I’ve written 65 of them, but it’s just writer’s insecurity.

    As a new one, you’ll go through that.

    Love
    Jet

  • Clavos

    I’m sorry to hear that, Jet. I hope the drugs work.

    My wife took Cymbalta for a while when she became paralyzed. She never felt it did anything for her, but I don’t think she had any ill effects from it.

  • MCH

    Re #22;

    Yes, Gonzo’s a former swabbie. And Big Dog was army.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “Ohio State has given up on the lasers after the 10th surgeries saying any more would be more harm than good. With my eyes fading, they’re now talking experimental drugs just approved by the FDA.”

    Oh, damn. Really sorry to hear about that. My eyes are pretty bad too, but I don’t exactly want to get into some sort of pissing contest about whose eyesight is worse. 😉

    What is the diagnosis? Wet macular degeneration? Glaucoma?

    Take care! :)

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    R.J. it’s due to the diabetes. Even though my sugar is under control now, my brain is still convinced my eyes are starving from sugar clogged blood vessles and won’t stop growing new capularies in places in direct line over where the light passes through my eyes.

    The problem now is the cauterized blood vessles are leaking fluids into my eyes causing painful swelling and solids from my bloodstream in the form of coagulated fat particles which are settling in the direct middle of my eyes and take months to disolve.

    Ohio state has been literally punching holes in the back of my eyes with lasers trying to relieve the pressure with little success and I suffer from headaches constantly. I can’t be drugged during the operation because I have to hold my eye still during it.

    Since the pressure varies, I can’t get a new pair of glasses because the swelling keeps changing the shape of my lenses.

    I’m terrified of going blind, and I’m going broke-hence the anti depressants. Unfortunately I’ve been on Cymbalta for two years and I’m developing a resistance to it.

    Like a junkie I need something stronger.

    I can see for hours at a time, or I can see for a stretch of 10 minutes at a time.

    IT sucks.

    My frustrations come out by taking it out on the people that care about me, and it hurts like hell after I’ve done it.

    I have nearly no friends left.

    Jet

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    I’m really sorry, man. I can only imagine the frustration you must be feeling. Frustration is the emotion that occurs when someone is angry/upset over something s/he cannot control. Lack of control is an awful feeling. And unfortunately that emotion often leads to behaviors that can alienate others, even allies…which then leads to further frustration. It’s a vicious cycle.

    FWIW, diabetes runs on both sides of my family. It’s an awful disease, and the number of people suffering from it continues to grow each year.

    I wish you the best, man. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop busting your balls on occasion. 😉

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “Unfortunately I’ve been on Cymbalta for two years and I’m developing a resistance to it.”

    Switch to Paxil. That’s also an SSRI. And I hear it can be a real brain-buster…but in a good way! :-)

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Oh well, as long as you’ve already put your leather on…. go ahead.

  • Clavos

    RJ is an equal opportunity ballbuster, Jet. :>)

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Okay, nevermind. I will never again “bust” your “balls” … :-/ (<— JOKE!!!)

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Unfortunately diabetics are prone to false pains that only Cymbalta is designed for. Before I went on it I’d waki up thinking my foot was in a pan of scalding hot water or someone had just driven a nail into my shin.

    Cymbalta calms those but i’m already on the maximum dose to the point where I have to take monthly tests for liver damage.

    Let’s change the subject or I’ll need another one.

    Jet

  • Clavos

    OK, how’s this:

    I just realized we’ve got a three-way going here.

    Jet, watch out for these Florida guys! You know what they say about Florida — “the rules are different here…”

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    LOL…maybe on South Beach!

    In Brevard County…not so much… 😉

  • Clavos

    I got cousins in Meritt Island…

    You’re right; it ain’t SoBe.

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    All right, just to teach you both a lesson about responding like that I’ll respond as follows to make you think twice.

    Are both of you kidding??? I don’t go for straignt guys, despite the stereotypes. I know where your straight dicks have been I don’t want ’em in MY mouth.

    yuk

  • Clavos

    Hell, Jet; you can’t shock me, I live in Miami, man.

    We aren’t even part of the USA.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “I got cousins in Meritt Island”

    Three things –

    1 – They have a pretty decent mall

    2 – They have a really awesome National Wildlife Refuge

    3 – They have some truly disgusting ghettos, if you look in the places that aren’t near the beach

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “I don’t go for straignt guys, despite the stereotypes. I know where your straight dicks have been I don’t want ’em in MY mouth.”

    Then I guess you are not a fan of seafood? :-/

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Sorry not into tuna