As reported by Mitch Perry, Florida Pheonix:

The much-hyped “Blue Wave” that Democrats were hoping would manifest itself during this year’s midterm elections ultimately did live up to the hype around most of the country, but not so much in the Sunshine State.

Still, Democrats did manage to flip seven seats in the state House of Representatives, and six of the newly elected are women. With  47 representatives in the 120-member Florida House, Democrats had their best performance since they won six seats in 2006. While still far behind the Republicans, it’s the most Democrats in the Florida House since 1998. In the Florida Senate, Democrats added just one seat, and now have 17 members in the 40-member body.

With the entire Legislature in Tallahassee last week for orientation, the Phoenix caught up with five of the seven Democrats who won in previously Republican-held districts.

All five that we spoke to were filled with enthusiasm about being part of the Legislature. And despite their overwhelming status as members of the minority political party, each spoke about their hopes of finding common ground with Republicans to get bills passed.

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