Two republican candidates took House seats from democrats in Florida last night.
Republican candidates Carlos Jimenez and Maria Elvira Salazar beat two Democratic incumbents for the U.S. House in Florida.
Gimenez beat out incumbent Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Salazar beat out Democrat incumbent Donna Shalala of Florida’s 27th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press and WSVN. The two faced off in a rematch after Shalala won in 2018. Shalala previously served as Health and Human Services secretary under President Bill Clinton, while Salazar is a journalist who focused on Latin America, according to CBS 4 Miami.
Trump also endorsed Salazar, saying she was “badly needed in Washington.”
Maria is badly needed in Washington. She is an outstanding person who truly loves her Country and her State. Her opponent, @DonnaShalala, is a political hack who is a puppet of Nancy Pelosi. She does nothing for Florida. Maria has my Complete & Total Endorsement! https://t.co/4GumAgOA3J
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2020
Over in Florida’s 26th congressional district, Gimenez had 52% of the vote over Mucarsel-Powell with 95% of precincts reporting, according to CBS 4 Miami. Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade, celebrated his win.
“Today was a rejection of extremism, today was a rejection of partisanship and today was a rejection of socialism,” Gimenez said, per the same report. “This country needs to start to work together because it has threats both inside and outside.”