Former Florida House member Jason Brodeur declared a win for the GOP on Tuesday night, holding on to a key seat in the Florida Senate with his win in Senate District 9.
The district, which covers all of Seminole County and a part of Volusia County, had been represented by Republican David Simmons. However, with Simmons unable to run due to term limits, the seat became open in 2020.
The win by Brodeur over Democrat Patricia Sigman guarantees that Republicans will continue to control the Florida Senate.
The SD-9 race was seen as one of the three most likely Republican seats to flip in 2020.
Brodeur released the following statement Tuesday night:
“Tonight is a victory for the shared values that the hard-working people of Seminole and Volusia Counties hold so dear. I am incredibly grateful to our team, my family and our supporters across the district. I want to thank Patricia Sigman for the spirited debate. Stepping into the arena is to be commended and I wish her all the best.”
Sigman released the following statement to concede the race:
“These past eleven months have been some of the most rewarding of my life as I got to speak with the people of Central Florida about the issues that matter to them. While I wish we had been successful tonight, it does not change the immense value of the work we’ve done to advance a positive agenda that put the people first. Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign and know that I will always continue to fight on behalf of Floridians against the powerful in our state.”