Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch cruised to a special election win in Florida’s 19th District Tuesday to succeed former Rep. Robert Wexler, who resigned earlier this year to head a Middle East think tank.

A state senator since 2006, Deutch was the heavy favorite heading into Tuesday’s election. He raised $1.5 million for his campaign and had secured the backing of Wexler, neighboring Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former President Bill Clinton before easily winning the Democratic primary.

Lynch, a contractor who lost to Wexler by nearly 40 points in 2008, had hoped for a Massachusetts Senate-style upset.

Suddenly, everyone wants to be all silent about this race. But for a week or so, the press went on and on about how Lynch had a chance to beat his rival and claim a symbolically powerful seat for the GOP. And how was he going to do this amazing thing? By showing America that Americans really don't want Obamacare. The man he saw in the mirror looked to him a lot like Scott Brown. He and his party were mighty sure of this resemblance. But now they see there was no such resemblance. What Lynch's image only shows us is that the GOP needs a better look at itself.