Deutch Wins Nod Handily in South Florida Special

Posted February 2, 2010 at 8:35pm

Florida state Sen. Ted Deutch is well on his way to becoming the next Congressman from the Sunshine State’s 19th district after winning the special election Democratic primary Tuesday against former Broward County Commissioner Ben Graber.

The Associated Press has called the race for Deutch, as early returns showed him with more than four times the votes as Graber. Deutch’s big win was expected, as he has been the unquestioned frontrunner in the race to replace former Rep. Robert Wexler (D) in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.

Deutch earned Wexler’s endorsement soon after the Congressman announced in October that he would step down from his seat, and Deutch went on to garner the support of other local, state and national Democratic leaders. Deutch’s fundraiser with former President Bill Clinton in January pushed his fundraising past the $1 million mark.

Deutch now advances to the April 13 special election. Contractor Ed Lynch was leading the Republican primary Tuesday night with 52 percent of precincts reporting, but the GOP contest had not yet been called.