Florida Democrats pull off seat flip to chip into DeSantis’s supermajority — as he was campaigning in Iowa

Florida Democrats quietly flipped a state House seat blue in a special election on Tuesday as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was campaigning after a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

Orlando Democrat Tom Keen narrowly defeated his Republican opponent Erika Booth to fill a vacant House seat. Keen, a manager at Collins Aerospace and a U.S. Navy veteran, won with about 51% of the vote, compared to about 49% for Booth. Keen will now become the 36th Democrat in the Florida House, which remains largely in Republican control with 84 state representatives. Republicans have a majority in the Florida Senate with 28-12. 

With endorsements from GOP lawmakers and support from organizations such as Americans for Prosperity Action, the political arm of the powerful Koch network, Booth outraised Keen with over twice as much funding. Booth had $305,000 compared
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