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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Despite a dismal night for their party, Democratic newcomers Joe Geller and John Cortes defeated Republican opponents Tuesday to win seats in the Florida House.

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Geller received 59 percent of the vote as he topped Republican Marty Feigenbaum and Libertarian Omar Recuero in House District 100, which includes parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Geller will replace term-limited Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach.

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Meanwhile, Cortes received 66 percent of the vote as he defeated Republican Carlos Irizarry in Osceola County’s House District 43. Cortes toppled incumbent Rep. Ricardo Rangel, D-Kissimmee, in the Democratic primary in August.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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