TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three Republican incumbents lost Tuesday in the Florida House, where Democrats gained half a dozen seats, meaning they'll no longer be forced to deal with a GOP super majority that effectively left them procedurally powerless the past two legislative sessions.
A fourth Republican was on the ropes. Rep Chris Dorworth, slated to become House speaker in two years, is headed to an automatic recount after finishing 37 votes shy of Democratic challenger Mike Clelland.
Dorworth, elected in 2007, has been haunted by personal and financial issues in his re-election bid.
State Reps. Peter Nehr, Scott Plakon and Shawn Harrison were upset as Democrats cut their deficit to 79-41 in the House. If Clelland's lead holds up in the recount, the Democrats would gain a seventh House seat to go along with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson's re-election and President Obama's apparent victory here.