BLUE GAINS ASIDE, BUSINESS AS USUAL
With Florida potentially looking at weeks of recounts and legal disputes, the dust hasn’t quite settled on the 2018 elections.
But we do know (roughly) what the Florida Legislature will look like during the 2019 Legislative Session. Despite some Democratic gains in the House and Senate, both chambers will be controlled by Republicans. Democrats picked up at least six seats in the Florida House, with the possibility of two additional net gains if potential recounts in state House Districts 26 and 89 go their way. (The Democrats in those races currently trail by a few dozen votes each.) In all, the party will enter the next legislative session with anywhere from 47 to 49 state representatives — at least a dozen shy of an outright majority. They also may have picked up one state Senate seat in the high-profile clash between Democrat Janet Cruz and Republican Dana Young for Senate District 18 — although that race also is headed for a recount. Should Cruz hold her 355-vote lead, Democrats would control 17 of the chamber’s 40 seats. Despite those gains, both the incoming state House and Senate leaders say the next session will likely be business as usual: Republicans setting the agenda. “For all intents and purposes, we had 23 going into the cycle,” said Senate President-designate Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton. “We have come out with 23.”