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Graham defeats incumbent Congressman Southerland

Gwen Graham
Posted at 9:41 PM, Nov 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-04 16:47:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The daughter of former Democratic Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham beat Republican Congressman Steve Southerland in one of the country's most expensive congressional races.

The Associated Press declared Gwen Graham the winner Tuesday, as she held a 1 percentage point lead over Southerland with 99 percent of the precincts reported.

Graham's campaign criticized the partisanship in Washington, saying Congress needed someone who would use the "north Florida way" of cooperating despite party differences.

Southerland was elected during the tea party movement in 2010. He said Graham would support policies supported by President Barack Obama and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Center for Responsive Politics listed the contest as the eight-most expensive congressional race in the country, with more than $14 million spent.

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