Republican state Rep. Mike La Rosa rode to an easy victory Tuesday night in Florida House District 42.

La Rosa pulled off a 54 percent to 46 percent win over Democrat Barbara Cady in a district that has trended Democrat to the point where La Rosa swam against a six-point Democratic advantage in voter registration.

The district is similar in many ways to House District 30, where his Republican colleague state Rep. Bob Cortes went down hard Tuesday night.

But La Rosa, the three-term representative from Saint Cloud ran on a campaign that he was had been delivering for the district, watching out for the critical tourism industry as a powerful chairman of the House Gaming Control and Tourism Subcommittee, and was a steady figure in a rapidly-changing Osceola County, while Cady ran largely on homeowners’ association rights.

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