Democrat Annette Taddeo won a special state Senate election in Miami on Tuesday over state Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz — a former contestant on Donald Trump‘s The Apprentice — to capture a seat that had been held by the GOP.
As is often the case in special elections, the winners sought to give the contest significance beyond the boundaries of the district where it took place.
“Taddeo Trumps GOP, Dems winning again!” said a fundraising email late Tuesday night from state Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis, who is in line to become Senate Democratic leader in 2018, on behalf of the Democratic Senate Victory committee.
Although Republican Frank Artiles won the 2016 general election race for the seat before resigning in April, Senate District 40 voted for Hillary Clinton by a wide margin.
Democrats ran ads linking Diaz to Trump.
“If you were asking for the Democrats to draw up a candidate that had links to Trump you couldn’t do any better than someone who actually appeared as a contestant on The Apprentice. He was also an early Trump endorser. So Pepi Diaz is going to have to live with Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, his anti-health care policies, and those aren’t particularly popular in Miami,” Clemens said in August.