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“We’ve heard for months that tonight … is a referendum on health care, it’s a referendum on the (Obama) administration, it’s a referendum on what direction this country is going,” Deutch told supporters, according to the Associated Press. “Let me tell you something, what we learned today is that in Broward County and Palm Beach County, Florida, the Democratic Party is alive and well.”
The Republican candidate, businessman Ed Lynch, tried to make the election a referendum on the Democrats’ health-care overhaul, but the district’s strong Democratic tilt meant the race was never really competitive.
Deutch, a state senator, defeated Lynch handily, 62%-35%, in a district that elected President Barack Obama with 66% of the vote in 2008.