In two narrow Hillsborough house races, Mark Danish is in, Gail Gottlieb is out

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As CL reported on Monday, over the weekend a vicious mailer sent out by the Republican Party of Florida was put in mailboxes throughout the district that essentially called the mild-mannered 52-year-old Gottlieb a crazed domestic terrorist.

Gottlieb said she was outraged by the mailer, and was also confused that something so inaccurate and offensive could be taken seriously by the voters. But might it have made the difference in this oh-so-close race?

  • Mark Danish

Democrat Mark Danish has beaten Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison in one of the bigger upsets of the night in the Florida Legislature in House District 63, a redrawn district that includes parts of Lutz, the USF area, Town N’ Country, Seminole Heights and Ybor City.

Out of over 60,000 votes cast, Danish won by less than 900 votes, taking the race 51-49 percent.

A former school teacher, Danish told CL's Michael Newburger that he wants to increase funding for education in Florida.

"I'm talking K through college. That keeps coming up as an issue that we want to improve, and we talk about how wonderful the education system is, and how we want to improve it...and how we want to have accountability, but no one wants to put money into doing that."

An equally tight race in Eastern Hillsborough County's HD-59 race saw Republican Ross Spano narrowly edge out Democrat Gail Gottlieb, also by a 51-49 percent margin.

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