Former Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat, won his House race in Florida on Tuesday night over his Republican challenger Todd Long. Grayson was first elected in 2008, but lost in the Tea Party wave of 2010.
He noted Tuesday night to HuffPost that his turnaround is the biggest on record in the history of House. No other candidate had lost by 18 points in one year, only to turn around and win the next cycle by 25 -- a 43-point swing.
Grayson, a fiery progressive, won a national following with his outspoken defense of health care reform and relentless and unapologetic assault on his GOP opposition. He benefited this election from the national small-donor fundraising base he earned through that outspokenness, and also from statewide redistricting that put him in a more Democratic district. It's a district that will be much easier to hold on to than the one he previously represented.