Republican Ed Lynch hopes public disdain for President Barack Obama's health care plan and low congressional approval ratings will help him upset his Democratic opponent in Tuesday's special U.S. House election.
The South Florida contest between Lynch and Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler is the first U.S. House race since Congress passed Obama's massive health care overhaul.
Lynch, a 44-year-old contractor, is trying to make it a referendum on health care in a heavily Democratic district where about 40 percent of voters are senior citizens. It's a strategy that helped Republican Scott Brown win the Massachusetts Senate seat held for nearly half a century by Democrat Edward M. Kennedy.
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