Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch has handily won the first U.S. House race since Congress passed President Barack Obama's massive health care overhaul.
With 43 percent of precincts in Florida reporting, Deutch had 62 percent of the vote compared to 36 percent for Republican Ed Lynch late Tuesday.
The Associated Press called the race about two hours after polls closed.
The 44-year-old Deutch had faced underdog Lynch in the special election to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler.
Lynch sought to make the race a referendum on the health care bill in District 19, where about 40 percent of voters are senior citizens. But he had a difficult task -- Democrats outnumber Republicans in the South Florida district by more than two-to-one.
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