In a heavy-weight legislative rematch, state Sen. Maria Sachs kept her title Tuesday night.
The incumbent Democrat beat former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, to keep her Broward-Palm Beach County District 34 seat, just as she did two years ago.
And it was about as tight, or tighter than the 2012 races, which Sachs won by 5.6 percent of the vote.
The race was one of the most closely watched legislative races in Florida as it not only pitted two Senate veterans against each other, but it also could have given Republicans even greater influence over the next four years. A Bogdanoff win could have helped give Republicans a veto-proof margin in the Senate.
Bogdanoff’s campaign also raised more than Sachs’ even though Sachs is the incumbent. Bogdanoff pulled in $550,285 compared to the Democrat’s $321,552. But because of a leadership battle within the Florida Republican Party, Bogdanoff wasn’t receiving support from the party while Sachs by late August had received $53,348 from the Florida Democratic Party.
The Democratic-leaning district runs along the coast from Hollywood north to Lantana. Recent registration figures show 131,689 Democrats and 104,190 Republicans. Most voters are in Palm Beach County.
Sachs, an attorney in private practice, has said she’ll work this term to increase the Florida minimum wage and ensure equal pay for equal work for women. She wants to expand access to health care, adequately fund public schools and strength the ban on texting while driving.
She also said she’ll introduce a bill that’ll regulate sober homes and recently visited two potential sites with some Boynton elected officials including Mayor Jerry Taylor and Vice Mayor Joe Casello.
Both Sachs and Bogdanoff were state representatives who were elected to separate state Senate districts in 2010, but redistricting forced them to compete for one district in 2012.
Sachs was a state representative from 2006 to 2010 and had an unsuccessful run for Palm Beach County circuit judge in 1994.