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.
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