Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch yesterday handily won the first US House race since Congress passed Obamacare, with 62% of the vote. In the contest for retiring Democrat Robert Wexler's seat, Deutch's GOP opponent sought to make the race a referendum on health care reform, which he lambasted as a government takeover, as well as the stimulus bill, which he said was doing little to help the economy, and the Obama timetable for troop withdrawl from Iraq, which he called "moronic". Read the full article.
"I have never before felt the way I feel at this moment," Deutch said to cheering supporters. "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. 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." (Read more Ted Deutch stories.)