TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democrats are facing a test to see whether anti-President Donald Trump politics will give them a boost ahead of a critical election year and perhaps signal a turnaround after two decades of Republican dominance in the Legislature.

They've made Trump a focal point in a special election Tuesday to replace a Miami-area Republican state senator who resigned after using racial slurs in front of black colleagues. The fact that the Republican in the race, state Rep. Jose Felix "Pepi" Diaz, is a former contestant on Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" makes that connection easier to make.

Democrat Annette Taddeo has made an issue of Diaz' ties to Trump in speeches, television ads and fundraising.