Three vacancies filled in Tuesday's special elections
By Tyler Millhouse
Three states-- Florida, Mississippi, and Maine -- held special elections on March 1, 2011 to fill 3 state legislative vacancies. Two of these vacant seats were previously held by Democrats, and one by Republicans. Each party retained control of its seats on Tuesday. So far, 32 of the nation's 50 state legislative special elections have been decided.
- In Florida's 33rd Senate District, Oscar Braynon (D) defeated Joe Celestin (R) to fill the seat vacated when Frederica Wilson (D) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
- In Mississippi's 12th Senate District, Derrick Simmons (D) defeated Gwendolyn McClure and Dorothy Walls. Simmons will fill the seat vacated by State Senator Johnnie Walls (D) who was elected to the Circuit Court. Since Simmons won with a majority of the vote, the race will not proceed to a March 22 runoff.
- In Maine's 11th House District, Beth Turner (R) defeated Deanna House (D) and Phillip Merletti (R). Turner will fill the seat of the late Everett McLeod, Sr. (R) who passed away on December 20, 2010.
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- Miami Herald, Braynon defeats Celestin in Florida Senate race," March 1, 2011 (dead link)
- Delta Democrat Times, "Simmons wins easily," March 2, 2011
- Y'all Politics, "Barbour sets date for special election," January 13, 2011
- Bangor Daily News, "House concedes to Turner in special District 11 election," March 1, 2011
- Morning Sentinel, "Rep. Everett McLeod, of Lee, dies at 68," December 22, 2010