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Democratic State Representative Lori Berman defeats Republican Tami Donnally in the special election

Posted: 10:57 AM, Apr 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-11 12:28:14Z

UPDATE:

Democratic State Rep. Lori Berman defeated Republican Tami Donnally Tuesday in a special election for the Florida Senate in District 31.

Berman won by an overwhelming margin with 75 percent of the vote to Donnally’s 25 percent. 

The special election was needed to fill the seat held by Jeff Clemens, who resigned abruptly last year after admitting to an affair with a lobbyist.

Democrats have an almost 2-to-1 advantage in the district, which covers an area from Lake Worth to Delray Beach. 

State campaign records shows Berman spent more than $210,000 in the campaign, which is ten times the amount Donnally spent.

In the campaign, Berman said her priorities are education, equality for women and expansion of Medicaid.

Donnally is vice chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party and is the executive director of Legacy Church Ministries in Lake Worth.  She said her priorities are reducing the number of drug overdoses and improving education through school choice and voucher programs.

EARLIER STORY:

Two women will face off in a special election Tuesday to replace a state senator who resigned after admitting to an affair with a lobbyist.

State Representative Lori Berman, a Democrat, and Republican Tami Donnally are running for the Florida Senate in District 31, which covers an area from Lake Worth to Delray Beach.

Berman, who has been a state legislator for eight years, said her priorities are education, equality for women and expansion of Medicaid. She easily defeated newcomer Arthur Morrison in a January primary. 

Donnally is vice chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party and is the executive director of Legacy Church Ministries in Lake Worth.  She said her priorities are reducing the number of drug overdoses and improving education through school choice and voucher programs.

Democrat Jeff Clemens held the seat until abruptly resigning last year.

Democrats have an almost 2-to-1 advantage in registered voters in the district.

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