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Although there were some bright spots for Republicans on Tuesday, there was a sense of underperformance in local races that did not quite live up to their billing for the GOP down-ballot.

Though they were unsuccessful in House Districts 69 and 74, Rick Rehm, the Republican nominee in House District 85, pulled off a somewhat unexpected upset by defeating State Rep. Dexter Grimsley (D-Abbeville).

Grimsley was first elected in 2010. He lost by a 56-46% margin to Rehm.

House District 85 includes Henry and Houston Counties, including a large portion of Dothan within Ross Clark Circle.

Jeff Poor is the executive editor of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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