Democrats gain in Legislature; hit House leader
Democrats pick up seats in House and Senate; force House speaker-designate into likely recount
Although still badly outnumbered in Florida's legislative hallways, more Democrats will soon be at the Capitol coming off perhaps their most encouraging Election Day in some two decades.
Republican leaders may be looking over their shoulders after losing a super majority in the Legislature and possibly their pick to be House speaker in two years.
State Rep. Chris Dorworth trailed Democratic challenger Mike Clelland by 37 votes before Seminole County officials count provisional ballots on Thursday. The result would be then sent to state officials, who determine whether a recount is needed. Dorworth's departure would create a scramble among Republicans to replace him as speaker-designate.
It would be the first time a speaker-designate was defeated since 1988 when Sam Bell lost after his role in passing a short-lived services tax.
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