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Florida-19 is "Deutch-Land" & Parker Griffith faces stern primary test.

Florida-19 is “Deutch-Land:”  To the surprise of no one, Democratic State Sen. Ted Deutch last week won the special election for Congress in Florida’s 19th District (Boca Raton), winning 61% to 36% over Republican candidate Ed Lynch, a local contractor. In a district in which Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1, Lynch’s calls for voters to send a message of rejection of the Obama-backed healthcare bill fell on deaf ears.

Deutch will succeed former Rep. and fellow liberal Democrat Robert Wexler, who resigned to join a Middle East think tank.

Pile up on Griffith: Although Alabama freshman Rep. Parker Griffith switched from Democrat to Republican last year and voted against the Obama-backed healthcare bill twice, Republicans in Alabama’s 5th District don’t seem very impressed.

Businessman Les Phillip announced last week that he will not abandon his bid for the Republican nomination. Phillip, who is black, has the support of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also last week, GOP businessman Wayne Parker, who lost a tight race to Griffith in ’08, announced that he would not run again. But Parker also announced he was supporting another Republican hopeful, County Commissioner Mo Brooks. 

National GOP operatives privately worry that a defeat of Griffith (lifetime ACU rating: 56%) in the primary might discourage other Southern Democrats from changing parties.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ?ť and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ?ť and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â?ť video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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