ORLANDO, Florida (WKMG) - Democrat Alan Grayson has been elected to U.S. House of Representatives.
Grayson defeated Republican Todd Long on Tuesday night for the newly carved congressional District 9, which serves Orange and Osceola counties.
Grayson, who was beat out by Republican Dan Webster two years ago after one term in Congress, raised more than $4.5 million for his campaign this year. Long raised a tiny fraction of Grayson's fund.
Grayson received support from all over the country, many of whom supported his attacks on Republicans, such as his proclamation during the health care debate that "Republicans want you to die quickly."
Grayson, in essence, chose his own challenger by taking out a slew of attack ads against Republican John Quinones, who many felt would have been a more difficult for Grayson to beat in a largely Hispanic district.