With more than 85 percent of the vote in across the Sunshine State, most members of the Florida congressional delegation won big on Tuesday night.
Republicans did well in North Florida as U.S. Reps. Kat Cammack, Matt Gaetz and Michael Waltz all cruised to reelection, with each of the candidates taking more than 60 percent of the vote. U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., also won another term as he did not face competition on Tuesday.
“I’m thrilled to have earned the support of constituents in Florida’s Third Congressional District,” said Cammack. “This election was a critical one as we fight to take our country and our House back. Conservatives this cycle have proven to the American people that we’re prepared to put our nation back on the right path by strengthening our economy and lowering inflation, securing our borders, restoring the rights of parents, and stopping the rampant crime plaguing our communities nationwide. Tonight we are sending a clear message that the American people want to put America first and get government out of the way.
“I’m eternally grateful to all of our supporters, campaign volunteers, and our hardworking team who made this victory possible,” she added. “I also send congratulations to my colleagues who have been re-elected and the new Republican members-elect who will join us in Washington in January. Here’s to a new era of leadership!”
In a rare matchup of two incumbents pitted against each other due to redistricting, U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., easily bested U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla.
In Central Florida, Republican U.S. Reps. Brian Mast, Bill Posey and Dan Webster won big, with each taking more than 60 percent of the vote. Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Scott Franklin also impressed with each of them taking more than 70 percent of the vote. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., a contender to be the next chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, also did well, taking 62.5 percent of the vote.
U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., faced a surprisingly strong challenge from Republican Scotty Moore. Soto took 53.4 percent of the vote while Moore garnered 46.6 percent. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., also kept her Tampa Bay seat blue, winning with 56.6 percent of the vote.
In Southwest Florida, U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds and Greg Steube romped to victory, with both of them taking more than 60 percent of the vote. Democrats in the Florida delegation held their own in the southeastern part of the state as U.S. Reps. Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick and Frederica Wilson both won with more than 70 percent of the vote. U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept their seats blue, each winning 55 percent of the vote
“Thank you to all the Broward County voters who put their trust in me to keep building on the tremendous accomplishments we made in the last two years. It is such an honor and privilege to represent you. Tonight’s gratifying results show that our community wants someone in Washington who will protect Social Security, Medicare and women’s reproductive rights, and they prefer a representative who will confront climate change, gun violence, and build on the amazing progress we have made to restore the Everglades. And that is exactly what I will continue to do for you in Congress. Thank you all so much for putting your faith and confidence in me as we each strive to make a more perfect union and community,” said Wasserman Schultz.
In Miami-Dade, three sitting Republicans in the Florida delegation won big. U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart won, going away with 71 percent while U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez claimed a second term, taking 63.8 percent of the vote. In what was considered the Democrats’ best chance to knock off a Republican in the Florida delegation, U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., routed state Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent.
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