Republican Gary Gates and Democrats Lorraine Birabil and Anna Eastman cruised to easy victories in today’s special runoff elections for HD28, HD100 and HD148, respectively. The results leave all three seats in the same partisan column as the 2018 general election.
Gates defeated Democrat Eliz Markowitz, 58%-42%, in HD28, a district Democrats targeted as an opportunity to pick up one of the nine seats they need to take control of the House, bringing in money and volunteers from across the country for the effort. In our pre-election analysis, we noted that HD28, while rapidly evolving, was nonetheless just the 14th most likely Republican-held House seat to flip based on our principle metric. Markowitz raised more than $881K for the race, including $154K raised since she filed her 8-day-out campaign finance report. More than half of her overall total came from out-of-state donors.
These figures do not include independent expenditures from outside groups, some of which will not be disclosed until after the election.
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