Democrat Wins First U.S. House Race Since Health Care Overhaul

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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  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 15, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    funny Snake man!!! I'm surprised the lamestream media hasn't publicized Obama taking a bath straining then how many big bubbles reach the top of his bath water. They'll publicize anything for attention to support Obama. Remember the old saying, let the music do the talking? Obama can't play a tune he's just all talk and no walk. Basically a liar at heart taking us for everything we have.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 15, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    (Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) as CAGW’s March Porker of the Month. The Chairwoman deserves this recognition for conjuring up an eponymous House “rule” that could allow House Democrats to ram through the $2.3 trillion healthcare reform bill without directly voting on it. To quote former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, “Last year, the House was passing bills without reading them. This year, they’re passing bills without voting on them.” This mind-boggling disintegration of the legislative process into procedural travesty was enabled by Chairwoman Slaughter.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    The cagw: Citizens Against Government Waste had it's report on pork spending in 2010. The top states are: 1. Hawaii 2. North Dakota 3. West Virginia 4. Alaska and 5. Mississippi If you want to see the individuals who are high on the list, or the categories-agriculture, military, or example-go to BTW-Thank you, Sen. Brown for voting to stop the Rep. filibuster so people could get the unemployment insurance they had paid for over the years.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    This is not the big story, Scott Brown taking Mass, now thats a big story. A Kennedy seat lost to republicans in Mass doesn't compare with the loss of seat in a retirement area, full of yankees....
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    US Citizen, just goes to show you that the old and poor, will continue the status quo. It also says a lot about yellowdogs from NY, NJ and MD. I wouldn't be so whooptie doo, Scott Brown was a huge victory in the scale of a nuclear bomb. Deutch-bag, win, was like a focal explosion between the rear legs of an ant.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    beachbum3, is that why 58% of Americans want the healthcare bill repealed? He won in an area where Dems outnumber Reps 2 to 1. One little win is not the turning point to the downfall of the Democrats that will occur this November.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    daaaaa, Dem. state Senator Ted Deutch-bag won the first US house race since our nation "changed" towards a socialist/communist country!!! so what! just wait until November & 2012! we're going to see the results of what America the people want!!!!!!!!
  • by beachbum3 on Apr 14, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    congraulations to the new respresentive of the u.s house from florida. I personaly hope that all republican choose to run agiang the presidents health care bill for this will surely assure the dem's their current majority in both houses of congress for a long long time to come in the future thank you
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    A Democratic district where dems outnumber Republican registered voters by MORE than 2 to 1. I know the dems are looking for any signs of hope but this was a seat held by a dem and replaced by a dem. Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia were all dem seats taken by the Republicans. What they are also not mentioning is that despite the more than 2-1 dem majority in registered voters the dem won by LESS than a 2-1 margin. You had 10% of dems who voted for the Republican or who did not vote at all. I am sure the media and the dems will try to portray this as a positive but the numbers do not lie.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 06:48 AM
    Well said Big Al, except you should have said "lock, stock and SMOKING gun.
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