Lauren Book beats Barbara Sharief in Florida Senate race

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Florida Sen. Lauren Book is the Senate Minority Leader, representing Florida Senate District 32 since 2016, and now she will represent District 35, a newly drawn district.

It was a controversial race, with Barbara Sharief, a former Broward commissioner and the first black woman to serve as Broward County mayor, involved in high-profile sparring. Sharief filed a lawsuit against Book in July, alleging that her opponent’s ads were defamatory and contained defamatory statements.

Book has been a senator since 2016, representing District 32, but the redistricting of the district sparked a bitter dispute with Shareif.

Book moved to Davie from their plantation to qualify for the seat. While the campaign grew awkward, Book said Tuesday she hopes to work with Sharief in the future.

This is the first time Book has had an opponent on the ballot since 2016.


Since there is no Republican challenger, she does not have to run in the November election.

More than 12,000 votes were missing for Sharief. Book won with more than 36,000 votes with 60 percent and Sharief with just over 24,000 with 40 percent.

“I don’t look at tonight as a loss because we gave the best we could. If voters don’t make themselves heard, then elections like this are the result,” she said.

Barbara Sharif (D)



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