A conservative Republican has defeated his Democratic challenger to win a Florida House seat vacated when Rep. Clay Ford died this year. Mike Hill is the second black Republican elected to the House since the end of the Civil War.
Mike Hill got 58 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican panhandle district, defeating labor-union leader Jeremy Lau. Hill is an Air Force veteran who runs an insurance agency. He said, his priority in office will be to uphold the U.S. and state constitutions.