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Democrats made almost no gains in the Florida legislature last week, despite Obama moving the state into the Democratic win column. Florida is home to a particularly strong Republican gerrymander, but the Dems' lack of success may have been self-inflicted, the Sun-Sentinel reports:
Money was spent on the wrong races, which may have cost the Democratic Party a chance to loosen the Republican grip on the Legislature in a year voters clamored for change, key lawmakers said.
Party officials now say it was a mistake to devote resources toward unseating Sen. Jeff Atwater, R- Palm Beach Gardens, the new Senate president, with a seemingly unlimited campaign checkbook.
In the House, the party spent broadly in an effort largely aimed at protecting Democratic incumbents -- some in relatively safe districts.
"I think we have some good candidates, but we need to have serious discussion in Tallahassee on the management of these campaigns," said Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres. "You have to recognize the missed opportunities when Florida goes blue and yet the Democrats pick up a total of one seat in both houses."
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