It was a virtual wipeout for LGBT candidates at the state level in Florida’s midterm elections.

Representative Michele Rayner was the sole survivor, winning the race for House seat 62 to return for her second term in Tallahassee. In a district that spans Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, Rayner, a Democrat, received 32,866 votes to defeat Republican Jeremy Brown, who finished with 14,649 votes. 

Others weren’t so fortunate. The shocker came in House District 37, where three-term Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith was ousted by Republican Susan Plasencia. In unofficial totals, Plasencia got 27,696 votes to Smith’s 25,617 in a district that covers parts of Seminole and Orange Counties.

Lesbians Janelle Perez and Eunic Ortiz were defeated in their Senate campaigns. Alexis Maria Calatayud took the Miami-Dade District 38 seat, receiving 93,726 votes (54%) to Perez’s 78,595 votes (46%). In Pinellas County’s District 18, Republican Nick DiCeglie got 128,927 votes (57%) to 97,703 (43%) for Ortiz. 

Elsewhere, gay candidates Adam Gentle and Gabriel Gonzalez could not duplicate their primary victories. Gentle fell to incumbent Representative Jim Mooney in House District 120 (61% to 39%), which covers the Florida Keys, while Gonzalez lost to Juan Carlos Porras (64% to 36%) in western Miami-Dade’s House District 119. 

In August, Senator Shevrin Jones (D-Miami Gardens) won re-election during a universal Democratic primary election in the newly drawn District 34. Jones, the state’s first gay Black Senator and Rayner, the first queer Black woman Representative, are now Florida’s only LGBT representatives out of 160 elected positions.