Backed by progressive push, Ashley Gantt unseats incumbent in HD 109

Democratic lawyer Ashley Gantt has won the election for House District 109, defeating one of Florida’s most enduring state politicians and delivering a victory for progressives demanding representation more congruent with their values.

With early and mail-in voting totals tabulated and all 121 precincts reporting at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday, Gantt had 52% of the vote compared to 48% for incumbent Democratic Rep. James Bush III, a fellow former educator whom she out-fundraised and, evidently, outmaneuvered.

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