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Broward GOP losses no shocker after redistricting and high Obama turnout

The Broward GOP suffered some key losses Tuesday night:

* Sheriff: Incumbent Al  Lamberti lost to his 2008 challenger, Scott Israel,  who was a former North Bay Villege police chief and higher-up in the Fort Lauderdale police department. That means the Broward GOP lost their only countywide  office holder.

* State senate District 34: In a battle between two state legislators, Republican Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff of Fort Lauderdale lost to Democrat Maria Sachs in a newly-drawn left leaning Broward/Palm Beach district.

* Congress: U.S. Rep. Allen West moved out of the Broward/Palm Beach District 22 for District 18 on the Treasure Coast. That move didn't work -- he narrowly lost to 29-year-old Democrat Patrick Murphy. At the moment, that race is outside of recount territory and in Murphy's hands. Former GOP House Majority Leader Adam Hasner ran in West's place in the Broward/Palm Beach District 22 and lost to Democrat Lois Frankel, a former state legislator and West Palm Beach mayor. It was always a given that DNC chair U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston would win by a wide margin, but she trounced Republican Karen Harrington 63 to 35 percent.

But the GOP losses -- mirrored by other big GOP losses in Florida -- were not a surprise given the strong Democratic turnout for President Barack Obama, redistricting and the push by Democrats to get their voters to not skip the sheriff's race this year. In 2008, about 50,000 who voted for president skipped the sheriff's race -- that number dropped to about 29,000 this time.

"The  Democrats definitely got out there," said GOP  chairman Richard DeNapoli, who said Lamberti was also hurt by a late push of attacks. "All those cards had Scott Israel's name on them. That had some impact."

Broward Republicans were hurt by redistricting which moved Congressional District 22 from a swing district to safe Democratic territory and made Senate District 34 more favorable to a Democrat, giving Sachs the edge.

"There are no safe seats in Broward after redistricting," DeNapoli said. "We got hurt."

The Broward GOP had a few successes including:

* State Rep.George Moraitis of Fort Lauderdale held on to his seat although it is less of a R-leaning district than the past

* Donna Korn won her school board race against longtime Democratic state legislator Franklin Sands. (In August, Katie Leach, another Republican, won her school board race.)

* Coral Springs City Commissioner Vincent Boccard won the mayor's seat. On the Hollywood city commission, Republican Patricia Asseff won but Heidi O'Sheehan lost.  Technically these seats are non-partisan but city commissioners can end up running for higher office and help other Republican candidates.