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Stakes are High in Special Election for Open House Seat in Sarasota County

February 13, 2018 - 6:00am
James Buchanan and Margaret Good
James Buchanan and Margaret Good

All eyes will be on Sarasota County on Tuesday night as Republican James Buchanan looks to keep a state House seat in the GOP column in a special election.

Buchanan, the son of Congressman Vern Buchanan, is locked in a close battle with Democrat Margaret Good. Democrats have high hopes for Good who has made progress in recent weeks. On Monday, Florida Politics reported that St. Pete Polls had a survey showing Good ahead 48 percent to 45 percent with Libertarian Alison Foxall pulling 3 percent. That’s a change from a January survey from St. Pete Polls which had Buchanan ahead by 3 percent. The poll shows Good has a solid lead with voters who have already cast their ballots but Buchanan is up with voters who plan to vote on Tuesday.

While flipping a state House seat isn’t going to put much of a dent in the GOP majority in Tallahassee, Democrats at the state and national levels are hopeful they can carry the district which usually trends Republican.

Democrats are looking to tie Buchanan to Donald Trump but the Republican is looking to tie himself to the president to fire up the GOP base. Earlier this week, Buchanan featured former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at a campaign event. Buchanan also has featured campaign events repeating the “lock her up” chant used against Hillary Clinton back in 2016.

With Annette Taddeo, a perpetual candidate, flipping a state Senate seat from the GOP in a special election last year, Democrats are hoping to claim momentum in the Sunshine State with another win. There’s a lot up for grabs in Florida as the Democrats look to keep Bill Nelson in the Senate and win a gubernatorial race for the first time since 1994. They are also targeting congressional seats currently held by Republicans, namely those held by retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Carlos Curbelo, in November. In the meantime, the GOP wants to short circuit any momentum the Democrats are gaining.

Whoever wins will be a backbencher though some legislators with additional experience have moved up the House ranks in recent years. But the stakes are much higher, especially as Florida is likely to retain its position as one of the nation’s chief political battlegrounds.


Democrats really do organize in depth & actually cover every ballot opportunity. Republicans need to rebuild a grassroots groundswell & support candidates in every legislative race. Concede no gerrymandered plantation districts to Democrats. They aren't giving Republicans easy win districts any more.

Don't give corruption in Washington a green light by voting another Trump croney. Support Margaret Good, a candidate who will work to improve public education standards, protect our natural environment and support the people and businesses of Sarasota.

Margaret is No GOOD even if you don't like trump she has rites to the Illuminati and George soros she has defended other layers for asexual abuse YOUR A SICK INDIVIDUAL MAGA2020 #JAMESBUCHANAN


You do realize that this is a State House seat not Congressional? Right? #OpenMouthInsertFoot

ANY Democrat who "VOTES IN" ANY Democrat to ANY "political position" in ANY government level election DESERVES the "flawed governments" they get (and have been "living under" for the past fifteen years or so,...[UNTIL THE "ARRIVAL" of President DONALD J TRUMP...]! ! ! signed// "A long disgusted, and fed up, registered Democrat, who now consistently votes Republican,... for the good of myself and my family"!

From the studies I've done on who provides better for the people of this country, I'd say you're either a Russian troll, or an idiot who's never bothered to check the facts. Democrats have provided more jobs, better investment returns, highed GDP, and more protections for the average American over the past 50 years than have the GOP. I stay republican only to vote out GOP incumbents in the primaries. And you should check with your insurance company to find the closest mental health professional. You need help.

You do realize that this is a State House seat not Congressional? Right? #OpenMouthInsertFoot

The irony of calling out straight-ticket Dems while simultaneously announcing you "consistently vote Republican". Pot calling the kettle black.

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