GOP Flipped Two South Florida Congressional Seats But Other Incumbents Win Easily

While the big news in South Florida congressional races was Republicans taking down two Democrat incumbents, other members of the delegation won easily even as a new member emerged.

With U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., retiring after two terms, state Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, easily kept his seat in the GOP column. Donalds took 61 percent, enough to defeat Democrat Cindy Banyai in this solidly Republican district.

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., had an easy night with no opposition as he closes in on 20 years of service on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., won a third term in Congress with 56.4 percent, enough to defeat Navy veteran Pam Keith who took 41.5 percent. Businessman K.W. Miller, a conservative running with no party affiliation, pulled 2.2 percent.

While Republican candidates defeated U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., and Donna Shalala, D-Fla., on Election Day, the other South Florida Democrats in Congress easily prevailed.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., took 79 percent as he beat Republican Greg Musselwhite.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., pulled 59 percent, enough to beat Republican activist Laura Loomer, who got 39 percent, and Charleston Malkemus who was running with no party affiliation and took 1 percent.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., took 59 percent as Republican James Pruden pulled 41 percent.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., won with 58 percent, enough to beat Republican Carla Spalding who garnered 42 percent.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., is also heading back to Congress after taking 76 percent while Republican Lavern Spicer got 20 percent and Christine Olivo, who was running with no party affiliation, garnered 4 percent.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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