Regional Legislative and Congressional Election Roundup

Northwest Florida

State House 

HD 1: First-term Republican state Rep. Michelle Salzman won her re-election bid against Democratic challenger Franscine Mathis in the general election on Tuesday. The Northwest Florida veteran will serve House District 1, which is a heavily Republican leaning district. WEARTV

HD 2: Republican incumbent Rep. Alex Andrade retained his seat in the Legislature after beating Democrat Carollyn Rabeca Taylor in House District 2, which covers Pensacola. Pensacola News Journal

HD 3: Republican Joel Rudman will replace incumbent Rep. Jayer Williamson in House District 3 in the Panhandle, having faced only write-in opposition on the general election ballot. Williamson, R-Pace, decided not to seek re-election.

HD 4: Rep. Patt Maney, R-Shalimar, was re-elected automatically.

HD 5: DeFuniak Springs pharmacist Shane Abbott was automatically elected to represent the Panhandle’s House District 5, succeeding Rep. Brad Drake, who was term-limited. No Democrats ran against Abbott in the heavily conservative district.

HD 6: Republican Griff Grifitts will replace term-limited Rep. Jay Trumbull, in House District 6 in the Panama City area. Griffitts, the son of a former Panama City Beach mayor, faced no Democratic opposition in Tuesday’s election. He recently resigned from the Bay County Commission in preparation to take his seat in the House. Panama City News-Herald

State Senate

SD 1: Sen. Doug Broxson, elected to the Senate District 1 seat representing the far western Panhandle in 2016, easily won Tuesday in the strongly conservative district, widely considered a very safe seat for Republicans. The Pensacola Republican defeated Democrat Charlie Nichols with 68% of the vote. Pensacola News Journal

SD 2: Republican Rep. Jay Trumbull, who in his most recent term in the House was a powerful and visible chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee, will move up to the Senate representing a conservative Panhandle district that includes his hometown of Panama City. Trumbull secured 78% of the vote, beating Democrat Carolynn Zonia, a former ER physician from Walton County. Much of the district was represented by Sen. George Gainer, a Republican who announced in June that he wouldn’t seek re-election after six years in the Senate. The district is overwhelmingly Republican – both Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump won there by more than 40 percentage points in 2018 and 2020. Northwest Florida Daily News / Panama City News Herald


CD 1: Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz defeated Democrat Rebekah Jones by a landslide in Florida’s 1st Congressional District in the western Panhandle. Gaetz, a controversial and outspoken congressman, was first elected to the U.S. House in 2016 after serving in the state House from 2010 to 2016. Jones is a former state Department of Health employee who was fired during the early days of the COVID pandemic after she publicly claimed to have been pressured to suppress data on the virus. She was criminally charged with accessing a state computer and downloading a file without authorization. Voters in the heavily GOP leaning district haven’t elected a Democrat to Congress since at least 1995. Pensacola News Journal / WEARTV

Big Bend/Capital Region

State House 

HD 7: Rep. Jason Shoaf, R-Port St. Joe, was re-elected automatically. 

HD 8: Democrat Gallop Franklin III rolled to an easy win over Republican Curt Bender in the race for a Tallahassee area House seat that also takes in all of neighboring Gadsden County. Franklin got more than 70% of the vote in the heavily-Democratic district. He replaces Rep. Ramon Alexander, who didn’t seek re-election. In addition to Gadsden County, the state’s only majority Black county, the district includes south and west side areas of Tallahassee. Tallahassee Democrat

HD 9: Rep. Allison Tant, D-Tallahassee, was unopposed and won re-election to the House District 9 seat automatically.

State Senate

SD 3: Republican Corey Simon ousted state Sen. Loranne Ausley Tuesday, flipping a once-reliably Democratic Senate seat and pushing a veteran member of the Legislature out. Simon capitalized on his familiar name in the Tallahassee area, where he was well known as a former football player at Florida State University. The GOP spent heavily on the race. Ausley was elected to the Senate in 2020 after a long legislative and political career that included two prior stints in the state House. While the district is centered on the Democratic stronghold of Leon County around Tallahassee, it was drawn this year with a very narrow Democratic lean, extending into all or parts of 12 conservative, rural counties on either side of Leon.  Florida Politics / Tallahassee Democrat 


CD 2: U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, whose previous district was eliminated in a new congressional map pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, was ousted from Congress Tuesday, losing to another incumbent, Republican Rep. Neal Dunn of Panama City. Lawson, who is African-American, previously served in a district drawn to include large numbers of Black voters. The new district eliminated that advantage. The loss may end the long political career of Lawson, 74, who responded to the redrawing of the districts by trying to take on Dunn in a Republican-leaning district. Politico / Florida Politics / Panama City News Herald

Northeast Florida  

State House 

HD 10: Republican Rep. Chuck Brannan was unopposed and re-elected automatically.

HD 11: Republican Rep. Sam Garrison of Orange Park easily won re-election in the race for House District 11, garnering more than 73% of the vote in defeating Democratic challenger Cornelius Jones. Garrison, who previously represented House District 18, is in line to become House Speaker in 2026. Florida Politics

HD 12: Republican incumbent Rep. Wyman Duggan was re-elected automatically with no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 13: Rep. Angie Nixon easily won re-election in HD 13 in the Jacksonville area, garnering 71% of the vote in defeating LaCiara Masline, who ran with no party affiliation

HD 14: Democrat Kim Daniels will return to the Legislature representing HD 14 in Duval County. Daniels faced only write-in opposition in Tuesday’s election. 

HD 15: Republican Dean Black was elected automatically to represent House District 15, which includes parts of Duval and Nassau counties. Black, a business owner and rancher, and chairman of the Duval County Republican Party since 2018, faced no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 16: Republican Kiyan Michael was automatically elected to represent District 16 in Duval County, with no opposition in Tuesday’s election. Michael, a Jacksonville resident and military spouse, was a member of the advisory board for Black Voices for Trump. 

HD 17: Prosecutor Jessica Baker, a Jacksonville Republican defeated Democrat Michael Anderson in heavily Republican House District 17 in the area around Jacksonville’s University of North Florida. Baker received more than 61% of the votes to just under 40% for Anderson. Times-Union

HD 18: Incumbent Republican Rep. Cyndi Stevenson faced no opposition in her bid for another term representing Ponte Vedra-based House District 18. 

State Senate 

SD 4: Veteran Rep. Clay Yarborough easily defeated Jacksonville Beach Democrat Sharmin Smith in the race for the newly-drawn Senate District 4 in Northeast Florida. Sen. Aaron Bean, who represented much of the area, was forced by term limits to leave the Senate and won a congressional seat on Tuesday. Times-Union

SD 5: Democrat State Rep. Tracie Davis moves up to the Senate after beating Republican Kumar Binod in a Jacksonville-based district where Democrats outnumber Republicans almost two to one. Davis got just over 57% of the vote to 43% for Binod. Senate District 5 covers much of Jacksonville inside Interstate 295 along with some Westside neighborhoods in the city. Times-Union

SD 6: Republican Sen. Jennifer Bradley was re-elected automatically.


CD 4: In the newly drawn 4th Congressional District, Republican Aaron Bean defeated Democrat LaShonda Holloway, an attorney and former Capitol Hill aide. The Jacksonville-area seat opened up when incumbent Rep. John Rutherford chose to run in the redrawn 5th District. Bean got about 60% of the vote by dominating in Republican-heavy Nassau and Clay counties, even while losing portions of the district in Duval County. Times-Union

CD 5: U.S. Rep. John Rutherford was re-elected automatically when he won the August primary.

North-Central Coast / Daytona Area

State House

HD 19: Incoming House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, ensured he’ll lead the chamber in the coming two years, easily winning re-election in beating back a challenge from Democrat Adam Morley. Renner got 64% of the vote to 36% for Morley. The district has a strong Republican advantage and voted for former President Donald Trump by 14 points in 2020. Daytona Beach News-Journal / Florida Politics

HD 28: Incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Leek of Ormond Beach won a fourth term in the House, defeating high school teacher John Navarra. Leek won easily, with nearly 62% of the vote. Daytona Beach News-Journal

HD 29: Rep. Webster Barnaby easily defeated Democrat Rick Karl in what some had expected to be one of the most competitive districts on the newly drawn House map. Barnaby, who narrowly edged out another incumbent, Elizabeth Fetterhoff, in the Republican Republican primary, had just under 60% of the vote to just over 40% for Karl, a DeLand attorney and former director of aviation and economic resources for Volusia County. Daytona Beach News-Journal


CD 6: U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, the first Green Beret in Congress, easily beat back a challenge from Libertarian Joe Hannoush in the race for CD 6 in the Daytona area. The district stretches from south of St. Augustine down through Daytona Beach and New Smyrna and inland to the west of DeLand and Deltona.

North-Central Florida / Gainesville-Ocala 

State House 

HD 20: Republican Rep. Bobby Payne retains his seat in the House, now representing District 20. Payne had no opposition in Tuesday’s election. The seat covers an area stretching from Marion County up through parts of St. Johns and Clay counties.

HD 21: Rep. Yvonne Hayes Hinson, D-Gainesville, was re-elected Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Hollye Merton by more than 40 percentage points. Florida Alligator / Gainesville Sun

HD 22:  Rep. Chuck Clemons held on to his Gainesville-area seat in the House on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Brandon Peters. The district covers parts of Alachua, Levy and Gilchrist counties. Gainesville Sun / Florida Politics

HD 24: Rep. Joe Harding, R-Williston, was re-elected automatically with no opposition in Tuesday’s election. 

HD 27: : Republican Rep. Stan McClain faced no opposition in Tuesday’s election. 

State Senate

SD 9: Republican incumbent Sen. Keith Perry secured a win against Democratic candidate Rodney Long in his re-election bid. Perry garnered about 65% of the vote in Senate District 9, which covers Gainesville. WUFT


CD 3: Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack won a second term in Congress Tuesday, defeating Democrat Danielle Hawk in November in Florida’s 3rd Congressional District. The district covers Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Bradford and Union counties, along with much of Marion County. Florida Politics 

Space Coast

State House

HD 30: Republican Chase Tramont will be the new representative in House District 30 on the northern Space Coast. Tramont had no on-ballot opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 31: Republican Rep. Tyler Sirois was unopposed in Tuesday’s election. 

HD 32: Republican Rep. Thad Altman had no opposition in Tuesday’s election.

HD 33: Republican Rep. Randy Fine won re-election to his Space Coast area seat, beating back a challenge from Democratic Anthony Yantz. Fine got 56% of the vote to 44% for Yantz. Florida Today / Florida Politics

State Senate  

SD 7: Sen. Travis Hutson returns to the Legislature after facing only write-in opposition in the general election to represent Senate District 7 in the Palm Coast area.

SD 8: GOP Sen. Tom Wright won re-election easily on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challengerAndrea Williams 63% to 37%. The district includes parts of Brevard and Volusia counties. 

Central Florida

State House

HD 25: Republican Taylor Yarkosky defeated NPA candidate Banks Helfrich in House District 25 in Lake County 66% to 34%. 

HD 26: Rep. Keith Truenow, R-Tavares, garnered just under 68% on the vote en route to an easy win over Democrat Linda Kero of Leesburg in the race for House District 26 in Lake County, including The Villages, Fruitland Park, Eustis and Umatilla. Florida Politics 

HD 35: Republican Rep. Fred Hawkins defeated Democratic challenger Rishi Bagga  to hold on to the seat covering parts of Orange and Osceola counties. Hawkins had 56% of the vote to 44% for Bagga.  

HD 36: Republican Rachel Plakon of Lake Mary garnered 55% of the vote and defeated Democrat Deborah Poulalion in the race for House District 36 in Central Florida. Although Democrats hold a voter registration edge in the district, Plakon had strong name recognition, with about half of the district covering the same area previously represented by her husband, outgoing Rep. Scott Plakon.

HD 37: Three-term Rep. Carlos Smith, D-Orlando, was ousted Tuesday in an upset by Republican challenger Susan Plasencia in a closely-watched Orlando area House race. Plascencia is the sister of former Rep. Rene Plascencia. The race was close, with Plasencia getting just under 52% of the vote, aided by voters in Seminole County who were added to the district in this year’s redistricting. Florida Politics / Orlando Sentinel

HD 38: GOP Rep. David Smith narrowly won a third term in House District 38, a swing district in east-central Seminole county, defeating Democrat Sarah Henry 52% to 48%. Tuesday’s Republican wave boosted Smith, who was hurt by redistricting, which drew him into a new Democratic-leaning district where he was unfamiliar to most voters. Florida Politics 

HD 39: Republican Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson defeated Democrat Tiffany Hughes Tuesday, with the Republican wave helping him capture for the GOP a district that had slightly more Democrats under the newly drawn district map. Bankson, who is pastor of a large Apopka church, garnered over 55% of the vote in the swing district, to 44% for Hughes. Florida Politics

HD 40: LaVon Bracy Davis, sister of Sen. Randolph Bracy, easily defeated Republican Nate Robertson of Orlando to keep the Central Florida House district in Democratic hands.  

HD 41: Longtime former state Rep. Bruce Antone, a Democrat from Orlando, will return to the Legislature after defeating Green Party nominee Robin Denise Harris.

HD 42: Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, beat back a challenge from Republican Bonnie Jackson to secure a third term in the House. The district was drawn to favor Democrats. Florida Politics

HD 43: Democrat Johanna Lopez defeated Republican Christopher Wright in the race for House District 43 in Central Florida. Lopez got 57% of the vote to 43% for Wright.

HD 44: Jennifer “Rita” Harris will head to Tallahassee to represent House District 44 having faced no Republican opposition on Tuesday.

HD 45: Republican Carolina Amesty pulled an upset amid the GOP wave, winning a Central Florida House seat covering areas represented previously by a Democrat and in which Joe Biden won narrowly two years ago. Amesty, 27, defeated Democrat Allie Braswell, a former Marine and civil rights activist, 53% to 47% on Tuesday and will head to Tallahassee. The redrawn district includes Walt Disney World, and areas previously represented by former Democratic Rep. Geraldine Thompson. Florida Politics / Orlando Sentinel 

HD 46: Kissimmee Democratic Rep. Kristen Arrington beat back a challenge from Republican Christian De La Torre and will return for a second term in the House. Arrington got 58% of the vote. A no party candidate, Ivan Rivera, was also in the race but got just 3% of the vote.

HD 47: The House race between Democrat Anthony Nieves and Republican Paula Stark in Central Florida was nearly even as votes were being counted late Tuesday. Stark was leading in the count by just under 1,000 votes out of nearly 47,000 cast. 

HD 50: Jennifer Cannady, wife of Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady won this Lakeland area House seat when she won the Republican primary in August. Canady is a science teacher at Lakeland Christian School.

HD 51: Rep. Josie Tomkow, R-Polk City, was re-elected to a third term in the House after beating back a primary challenge from fellow Republican Bill Olson in August. No Democrats were in the race. 

HD 52: Republican John Temple easily defeated .Democrat Ash Marwah to win in Sumter County-based HD 52. The district also includes part of Hernando County. Temple got nearly 73% of the vote. 

State Senate

SD 10: Sen. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford won another term in the state Senate, beating back a Democratic House member In a Central Florida district nearly evenly split in voter registration. Brodeur defeated Rep. Joy Goff-Marcil, D-Maitland by about 10 percentage points. The district, which includes Seminole County and a part of Orange County, voted for President Joe Biden by just 4 percentage points in 2020, and after redistricting this year, there are only about 700 more Republican voters than Democrats in the district. Brodeur out-raised Goff-Marcil, but Democrats put an effort into flipping the seat because of the new demographics. Brodeur overcame his connection to a scandal involving “ghost candidates” who ran in his race two years ago and were allegedly recruited to siphon votes from Democrats. Florida Politics

SD 15: Rep. Geraldine Thompson will replace outgoing Sen. Randolph Bracy, after winning the August Democratic primary and facing no opposition on Tuesday. Bracy didn’t seek reelection.


CD 7: Republican Army veteran and defense contractor Cory Mills defeated Karen Green, vice chair of the Florida Democratic Party, flipping a district that had been represented by retiring moderate Democrat Stephanie Murphy. Florida Politics Wall Street Journal WESH  

CD 8: U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Rockledge will head back to Washington D.C. to serve an eighth term in Congress after defeating Democratic challenger Joanne Terry with nearly 65% of the vote in the general election on Tuesday. Posey will represent Florida’s 8th Congressional District, which covers all of Brevard and Indian River counties, plus part of eastern Orange County. Florida Today / Florida Politics

CD 9: U.S. Rep. Darren Soto won a fourth in Washington by defeating Republican challenger Scotty Moore on Tuesday. Soto had to spend more than $1 million to win the seat. Congressional District 9 covers Osceola County and parts of southern Orange County. Florida Politics

CD 10Maxwell Alejandro Frost, a 25-year-old activist and Uber driver, won the race for the 10th Congressional District in Central Florida, giving Congress at least one member of the youngest generation eligible to serve in the body, which has a minimum age of 25. Frost defeated Calvin Wimbish, a retired Army Green Beret, and two independent candidates. The seat was being vacated by Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat who ran for U.S. Senate. New York Times / NPR / Orlando Sentinel / WKMG / Associated Press

CD 11: Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Webster got 65% of the vote on his way to another term in Congress, beating Democrat Shante Munns.

Nature Coast 

State House 

HD 23: Rep. Ralph Massullo of Lecanto will get a fourth term in the House having faced no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 53: Republican Hernando County Commissioner Jeff Holcomb easily defeated Democrat Keith Laufenberg with over 70% of the vote. The district covers the west side of Hernando County and northwestern part of Pasco County.

Tampa Bay

State House

HD 54: Republican Rep. Randy Maggard beat Democratic opponent Brian Staver in the race for House District 54 with nearly 62% of the vote on Tuesday. 

HD 55: Republican Kevin Steele sailed through the general election in House District 55, receiving over 77% of the vote. His opponent, Constitution Party candidate Charles “C.J.” Hacker Jr., got around 22% of the vote. 

HD 56: Republican Brad Yeager will be the new representative in House District 56 in Pasco County. Yeager faced no opposition on Tuesday.

HD 57: Newcomer Republican Adam Anderson of Palm Harbor will represent House District 57 in northern Pinellas County. Anderson faced no opposition in Tuesday’s general election after a judge ruled earlier this year that his primary election opponent was not eligible to run. 

HD 58: Republican Kim Berfield, who previously served in the Florida House from 2000 to 2006, will be back in the Legislature after winning House District 58 against Democrat Bernard Fensterwald.  House District 58 includes Clearwater, Indian Rocks Beach and Belleair Beach. 

HD 59: Former prosecutor Berny Jacques secured his win on Tuesday to represent House District 59, beating Democrat Dawn Douglas by nearly 20 percentage points.

HD 60: Democrat Lindsay Cross defeated Republican Audrey Henson in the race to represent House District 60, which covers much of St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park. The newly drawn district largely mirrors the previous House District 68, held by Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg, who ran for Congress. Florida Politics

HD 61: GOP incumbent Rep. Linda Chaney beat back a challenge from Democratic first-time candidate Janet Varnell Warwick in House District 61 on Tuesday. Voter registration narrowly favored Republicans in the Pinellas County district, and the newly drawn district covers territory that Donald Trump won by 5 points in 2020. Varnell Warwick, a lawyer, was heavily out fundraised by Chaney. Florida Politics

HD 62: Incumbent Rep. Michele Rayner returns to Tallahassee having faced no opposition in her bid for House District 62, which covers the east Hillsborough areas of East Tampa, Gibsonton and Riverview. Florida Politics

HD 63: Democratic incumbent Rep. Dianne Hart will remain in the House after facing no opposition in the race to represent House District 63 in the Tampa area. 

HD 64: In a close race, incumbent Democratic Rep. Susan Valdes kept her seat in the Legislature representing House District 64. Valdes received over 53% of the vote, beating GOP opponent Maura Cruz Lanz, who got nearly 47% of the vote. Florida Politics

HD 65: Newcomer Republican Karen Gonzalez Pittman came out on top against Democrat Jen McDonald in the race to represent House District 65 in the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday. 

HD 66: Incumbent Rep. Traci Koster will return to Tallahassee after beating Democratic opponent David Tillery in House District 66. 

HD 67: Incoming House Democratic Leader Rep. Fentrice Driskell won re-election Tuesday against Republican newcomer Lisette Bonano in House District 67 in North Tampa. The heavily Democratic district is located northeast of Tampa and includes areas around the University of South Florida and Thonotosassa. Florida Politics

HD 68: Republican incumbent Rep. Lawrence McClure sailed through the general election in House District 68, beating first-time candidate Lorissa Wright. The northeastern Hillsborough County district includes Valrico, Dover and Plant City. 

HD 69: Republican Danny Alvarez ousted Democratic incumbent Rep. Andrew Learned in east Hillsborough County’s House District 69, which covers Riverview, Boyette and Lithia. The race had an unusual twist: trial lawyers, who traditionally have backed Democrats, supported Republican Alvarez, while business groups, which often favor Republican candidates, backed Learned, who has supported legislation aimed at curbing insurance claims litigation. Florida Politics / Tampa Bay Times

HD 70: Rep. Mike Beltran, who chose to run in a different district following redistricting, will remain in the Legislature after beating Democratic opponent Eleuterio Salazar. The district on the south side of Tampa Bay includes the massive retirement complex Sun City Center, as well as Apollo Beach and Ruskin. Sarasota Herald-Tribune

HD 71: Republican incumbent Rep. Will Robinson will return to Tallahassee to represent House District 71 after facing no opposition in the general election on Tuesday. Coastal House District 71 covers Bradenton and Palmetto along with Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach. 

HD 72: Incumbent Rep. Tommy Gregory beat Democratic opponent Roberts Dameus in the newly drawn House District 72. The sprawling district runs from Bradenton to the Hardee County line in the east, Hillsborough County in the north and the Sarasota county line in the south. Sarasota Herald-Tribune

State Senate 

SD 11: Rep. Blaise Ingoglia will move to the Senate after easily defeating Green Party candidate Brian Moore. Senate District 11 includes portions of Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties. Ingoglia got 75% of the vote while Moore received 25%. 

SD 14: In one of the few very competitive state Senate districts, incumbent Sen. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, was unseated by Republican opponent and former Green Beret Jay Collins. Cruz received just over 45% of the vote to 54% for Collins. Senate District 14 leans Democratic, but narrowly so. The district has been redrawn, but it’s nearly the same as the one in which Cruz ran in 2018, when she won by just over 400 votes after a manual recount. Cruz out fundraised Collins, collecting more than $2 million in campaign contributions. Florida Politics

SD 16: Democratic incumbent Sen. Darryl Rouson will return to Tallahassee after beating GOP opponent Christina Paylan in Senate District 16. Rouson will continue to represent downtown St. Petersburg and parts of Hillsborough County. This is the second time Rouson defeated Paylan. She ran two years ago without party affiliation in what was formerly Senate District 19. Florida Politics

SD 18: Rep. Nick DiCeglie will move to the Senate following his win against Democratic candidate Eunic Ortiz in the general election Tuesday. DiCeglie will replace Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes, who left due to term limits, in what was Senate District 24 before redistricting. Florida Politics

SD 21: Tampa Bay Republican Sen. Ed Hooper secured his re-election with ease on Tuesday against Democratic challenger Amaro Lionheart. Hooper will represent Senate District 21, which covers northern Pinellas and parts of western Pasco counties. Florida Politics

SD 23: Republican Incumbent Sen. Danny Burgess defeated Democrat Mike Harvey in the general election to represent Senate District 23. The district includes Pasco County and parts of Hillsborough County. Florida Politics


CD 12: U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis easily won re-election against Democratic opponent Kimberly Walker to represent Pasco and northern Pinellas counties. Bilirakis has represented the area in Congress since 2013 and it’s one of the safest Republican seats. WUSF

CD 13: Republican Anna Paulina Luna defeated Democrat Eric Lynn to flip the Tampa Bay area seat that had been held by unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. Luna, an Air Force veteran, failed to unseat Crist in 2020, but the newly drawn district leaned more conservative. The Hill

CD 14: Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor will serve in Congress for a ninth term after beating Republican challenger James Judge in the general election for Florida’s 14th Congressional District. The district covers downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg. WFLA

CD 15: Former Secretary of State Laurel Lee is heading to Washington D.C. to represent Florida’s newly drawn 15th Congressional District after defeating Democrat Alan Cohn. The district covers the Tampa area, including Thonotosassa, Plant City, Zephyrhills and parts of Lakeland and Brandon. Lee, who was also a former assistant federal prosecutor and circuit judge, was the last Republican to enter the primary earlier this year. State lawmakers, including Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Jackie Toledo, joined the race but lost to Lee in the August primary election. WFLA

CD 16: Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan won his re-election bid for U.S. House District 16 against Democratic opponent Jan Schneider. He was first elected in 2007. Buchanan will represent Manatee and Hillsborough Counties in Congress. Sarasota Herald-Tribune

South Central Florida 

State House

HD 48: Republican Rep. Sam Killebrew was unopposed on Tuesday. 

HD 49:  Republican Rep. Melony Bell faced no opposition in Tuesday’s election.. 

HD 82: Rep. Lauren Melo had no opposition in her bid for another term representing HD 82, which includes the inland rural areas east of Fort Myers and Naples, including the town of Immokalee. 

HD 83: Republican Rep. Kaylee Tuck had no opposition. District 83 covers a mostly rural area running from Wauchula and Zolfo Springs in the northwest to the towns of Okeechobee and Moore Haven on the northern and western shores of Lake Okeechobee.

HD 94: Republican Rep. Rick Roth will get another term representing HD 94, which runs through the sugar-growing area of the Everglades west of West Palm Beach, including the towns of Pahokee and Belle Glade near Lake Okeechobee. Roth defeated Democratic challenger Terrence Davis, winning just under 60% of the vote.

Treasure Coast

State House

HD 34: Outgoing Vero Beach Mayor Robert Brackett defeated Democrat Karen Greb winning in a race for the HD 34 seat in Indian River and Brevard counties. Brackett got 68% of the vote to 32% for Greb..TC Palm

HD 84: Incumbent Republican Rep. Dana Trabulsy of Fort Pierce fended off a challenge from Democrat Forest Blanton, winning 61% of the vote to secure a second term. TC Palm

HD 85: GOP Rep. Toby Overdorf won a third term in the House, beating back a challenge from Democrat Curtis J. Tucker. Overdorf got 61% of the vote. Overdorf previously represented the old District 83. The new district straddles the Martin-St. Lucie County line, including Port St. Lucie. TC Palm / Florida Politics

HD 86: Republican Rep. John Snyder won a second term in the House with an easy win over Democrat Raymond Denzel on Tuesday. Snyder got more than 68% of the vote in the new district, covering most of Martin County and a sliver of Palm Beach. Snyder previously represented the old HD 82. Florida Politics


CD 21: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Brian Mast beat back a challenge from Democrat Corinna Balderramos Robinson to return for another term in a Treasure Coast House seat. Mast, an Army veteran who lost both of his legs serving in Afghanistan, got about 64% of the vote in District 21, which includes St. Lucie and Martin counties, and part of northern Palm Beach County. WPTV TC Palm 

Southwest Florida

State House

HD 73: Republican incumbent Fiona McFarland will return to Tallahassee to represent the coastal area of Sarasota County, defeating Democratic opponent Derek Reich in Tuesday’s general election. House District 73 runs from Longboat Key at the north end to Venice in the south and includes much of the city of Sarasota. Sarasota Herald-Tribune

HD 74: Republican Rep. James Buchanan secured his re-election to represent House District 74 with no opposition. The district runs from the Sarasota area down to North Port. 

HD 75: Republican incumbent Rep. Michael Grant will remain in the Legislature after facing no opposition for House District 75, which covers Englewood, Rotonda and Port Charlotte.

HD 76: Southwest Florida Republican Rep. Spencer Roach won his re-election bid in House District 76, facing no opposition. Roach, who previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard and is currently a lawyer, will continue to represent the Lee County area, which includes north Fort Myers.

HD 77: Newcomer Republican Tiffany Esposito easily defeated first-time candidate Democrat Eric Engelhart in the general election Tuesday for House District 77. The newly redrawn district covers Lehigh Acres, Three Oaks, San Carlos Park, Alva, Buckingham and other parts of unincorporated Lee County – including Southwest Florida International Airport. Esposito is president and CEO of the regional chamber of commerce SWFL Inc. and Engelhart is a community activist and chauffeur. Fort Myers News-Press

HD 78: Incumbent Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, a Fort Myers Republican, secured her second term in the House after beating Democratic challenger Howard Sapp in House District 78 on Tuesday. 

HD 79: Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Giallombardo will return to Tallahassee to represent Cape Coral-based House District 79. Giallombardo faced no opposition in his bid for re-election. 

HD 80: Republican Rep. Adam Botana will serve a second term in the Legislature after easily defeating Democrat Mitchel Schlayer on Tuesday. The district is still recovering from Hurricane Ian, which devastated neighborhoods in Fort Myers Beach and on the barrier islands, including Sanibel, which are part of House District 80. The district also covers Bonita Springs in the south. 

HD 81: Republican incumbent Rep. Bob Rommel secured his seat representing House District 81, which includes Naples and Marco Island. Rommel faced no opposition in his bid for re-election. 

State Senate

SD 20 Bradenton-based Republican state Sen. Jim Boyd returned to office automatically after the primary, having faced no Democratic opposition in Tuesday’s election. Senate District 20 covers northern Sarasota County and a large portion of Manatee County. 

SD 22: Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, will remain in office for another term having had no opposition in Tuesday’s election. Senate District 22 includes Sarasota, Venice and North Port. 

SD 27: Incumbent Sen. Ben Albritton will be back in Tallahassee to serve another term in the Legislature after easily defeating Democratic opponent Christopher Proia in the general election on Tuesday. The Bartow-based Republican previously represented Senate District 26 but ran for newly drawn Senate District 27, which includes much of Lee County, after redistricting. 

SD 28: Incoming Senate President Kathleen Passidomo was automatically re-elected to represent Senate District 28 after facing no opposition. The Naples Republican will lead the Senate during her next and final term. 

SD 33: Newcomer Republican Jonathan Martin secured his spot in the Legislature representing Senate District 33. He Write-In candidate Robert Valenta. Martin is chairman of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee and joined the Fort Myers Senate race after Sen. Ray Rodrigues decided not to seek re-election and instead vied to become chancellor of the State University System of Florida. Fort Myers News-Press

SD 40: Doral-based Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez will serve another term in the Senate after facing no opposition in her bid for re-election this election cycle. 


CD 17: Sarasota-based Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Steube beat Democrat Andrea Doria Kale in the general election on Tuesday, securing his win to represent Florida’s 17th Congressional District. 

CD 19: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds defeated Democratic challenger Cindy Banyai for a second time on Tuesday. Banyai ran against Byron in 2020 when he was first elected to Congress. The Naples Republican will serve a second term in the U.S. House, potentially vying to lead the Congressional GOP caucus. 

CD 26: Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart easily defeated Democratic opponent Christine Olivo, securing his 11th term in office at the federal level. Florida’s newly drawn 26th Congressional District covers parts of Miami and Hialeah, through the Big Cypress National Preserve into parts of Collier County east of Naples city limits, including Lely, Golden Gate and part of Immokalee. Naples Daily News

CD 28: U.S. Rep. Carlos Giménez will serve a second term in Congress following his win over former Democratic state Rep. Robert Asencio and GOP write-in candidate Jeremiah Schaffer. Florida’s 28th Congressional District covers the southern portion of Miami-Dade County, including Homestead and all of the Keys in Monroe County. Florida Politics

South Florida

State House

HD 87: Republican Rep. Mike Caruso won another term in the House by beating back a challenge from Democrat Siena Osta on Tuesday. Caruso garnered just under 60% of the vote. 

HD 88: Democratic Rep. Jervonte “Tae” Edmonds easily defended his South Florida seat against a challenge from Republican Roz Stevens. Edmonds got 71% of the vote. 

HD 89: Democratic state Rep. David Silvers of West Palm Beach narrowly withstood a challenge from 22-year-old political newcomer Daniel Zapata on Tuesday. Silvers drew just 52% of the vote in his re-election bid as Republicans around the state performed strongly. Silvers garnered fewer than 2,000 more votes than Zapata out of more than 33,000 cast. Palm Beach Post

HD 90: Democratic state Rep. Joe Casello won a third term in the House on Tuesday, defeating Republican Keith Feit by nearly 10 percentage points in a race to represent District 90 in South Florida. Palm Beach Post

HD 91: Highland Beach Commissioner Peggy Gossett-Seidman had a narrow lead over Democrat Andy Thomas, a Boca Raton councilman in a bid to pull an upset in a Democratic-leaning Palm Beach County district. Gossett-Seidman declared victory, and was ahead with just under 52% of the vote. A win for Gossett-Seidman would make her the first Republican to represent the southern Palm Beach County area in the House. Sun-Sentinel / Florida Politics

HD 92: Rep. Kelly Skidmore beat back Republican challenger Dorcas Hernandez on Tuesday with more than 57% of the vote. The district covers southwestern Palm Beach County and heavily favors Democrats. Florida Politics

HD 93: Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Katherine Waldron narrowly defeated Republican Saulis Banionis on Tuesday in House District 93. Waldron won the district with just 50.4% of the vote – in a district that went for Joe Biden by more than 10 points two years ago. Palm Beach Post / Florida Politics

HD 95: Democratic Rep. Christine Hunschofsky faced no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 96: Democratic Rep. Dan Daley secured another term in the House with a win Tuesday over Republican Jenna Hague in heavily Democratic House District 96 in West Broward. Daley got 61% of the vote. Daley won a special election in 2019 and this will be his second full term. Florida Politics 

HD 97: Democrat Lisa Dunkley won automatically in the race for House District 97, a West Broward district straddling Commercial Boulevard mostly west of the Turnpike and including North Lauderdale and Lauderhill. 

HD 98: Rep. Patricia Hawkins-Williams won re-election when she won her Democratic primary race in August.

HD 99: Democratic Rep. Daryl Campbell won another term with an August primary win, having faced no GOP opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 100: Republican state Rep. Chip LaMarca defeated Democrat Linda Thompson Gonzalez. The district covers coastal Fort Lauderdale and the coast north of the city, including Pompano Beach and Lighthouse Point. Sun-Sentinel

HD 101: Democrat Hillary Cassel defeated Republican Guy Silla. The district is entirely in Broward County and heavily favors Democrats. Cassel, a lawyer from Hollywood, got just under 54% of the vote. Florida Politics

HD 102: Democratic Rep. Michael Gottlieb faced no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 103: Democratic Rep. Robin Bartleman won a second term in the House on Tuesday, fending off a challenge from Republican George Navarini. Bartleman got 55% of the vote. The district is heavily Democratic, having gone for Joe Biden in 2020 by more than 18 points. Florida Politics

HD 104:  Democratic Rep. Felicia Simone Robinson faced no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 105:  Democratic incumbent Rep. Marie Woodson of Pembroke Pines easily beat back a challenge from Republican Vincent Parlatore in this Broward County district. The Democratic win was expected – the area went for Joe Biden by 44 points two years ago and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum won by nearly 60 points here.Florida Politics

HD 106: The race between Republican newcomer Fabián Basabe and Democratic newcomer Jordan Leonard in state House District 106 in South Florida went down to the wire. Early Wednesday, the Division of Elections showed Basabe with 26,391 votes and Leonard with 26,155.

HD 107: Democratic incumbent Rep. Christopher Benjamin of Miami Gardens faced no opposition on Tuesday..

HD 108: North Miami Democratic incumbent Rep. Dotie Joseph will return to Tallahassee to represent state House District 108 after an August primary win. She faced no Republican opposition in the general election.

HD 109: Democratic newcomer Ashley Gantt will be the new representative in House District 109 having ousted incumbent Rep. James Bush of Opa Locka in the August primary. Gantt, a former school teacher and now an attorney, faced no opposition on Tuesday.  

HD 110: Republican Rep. Tom Fabricio faced no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 111:Republican Rep. David Borrero faced no opposition on Tuesday.

HD 112:Republican Rep. Alex Rizo was unopposed in Tuesday’s election.

HD 113: The race between Republican Vicki Lopez and Democratic candidate Alessandro “A.J.” D’Amico was down to the wire. Early Wednesday, the Division of Elections showed the candidates separated by a few hundred votes. 

HD 114: Republican Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera won another term on Tuesday, beating back a challenge from Democrat Adam Benna.

HD 115: Republican political operative Alina Garcia will succeed outgoing Rep. Vance Aloupis in the Miami-Dade County district. Garcia defeated Democrat Christie Cantin Davis in Tuesday’s election. Florida Politics

HD 116: Rep. Daniel Perez faced no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 117: Democratic Rep. Kevin Chambliss was elected automatically with no opposition on Tuesday. 

HD 118: Republican incumbent Juan Fernandez-Barquin of Miami sailed through the general election on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Johnny Gonzalo Farias in the newly drawn South Florida state House District 118. Florida Politics

HD 119: Twenty-five-year-old Republican newcomer Juan Carlos Porras will keep House District 119 in Republican hands. Porras beat Democratic newcomer Gabriel Gonzalez in the race to succeed Anthony Rodriguez, who is leaving the seat to join the Miami-Dade Commission. Florida Politics

State Senate

SD 26: Newcomer Steve Byers claimed victory against his Republican opponent William Wheelen in Tuesday’s primary election for Senate District 26. Byers will now face Democratic incumbent Sen. Lori Berman in the November general election 

SD 34: Miami Gardens incumbent Sen. Shevrin Jones secured a win on Tuesday against two other Democratic candidates vying for the seat. With no Republican opponent, Jones will represent the newly drawn Senate District 34.  

SD 35: State Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book, who has represented Senate District 32 since 2016, will now represent the newly drawn Senate District 35 following a Tuesday victory over former Broward Commissioner Barbara Sharief. Book secured 60% of the vote and faces no Republican opponent in the general election. Sun Sentinel / Miami Herald / Florida Politics


CD 20: Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick easily defeated Republican challenger Drew-Montez Clark, securing her re-election bid to represent Florida’s 20th Congressional District. Cherfilus-McCormick received 72% of the vote but this will be the first full term she will serve after initially being elected via special election following the death of Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings last year. The district includes western Palm Beach County, Riviera Beach and parts of northern Broward County. WPTV / WFLX

CD 22: Democrat U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel held off a challenge from Republican Dan Franzese in the 22nd District, a Democratic stronghold in eastern Palm Beach County. Frankel’s win will give her a sixth term in Congress. Florida Politics

CD 23: Former state Representative Jared Moskowitz beat Republican and Trump supporter Joe Budd, along with NPA candidates Christine Scott and Mark Napier in his bid to replace U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. Moskowitz served in the state House from 2012 to 2019 and was also Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management at the start of the COVID pandemic. The newly drawn congressional district covers much of northern Broward County and Boca Raton in Palm Beach County. WPTV / Palm Beach Post / Miami Herald

CD 24: U.S Rep. Frederica Wilson easily won re-election Tuesday in a South Florida congressional race, garnering 72% of the vote in beating Republican Jesus Navarro. 

CD 25: Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz cruised to a win in her bid for a 10th term in Congress representing Southeast Broward County. Wasserman Schultz defeated Republican Carla Spalding in a rematch of their 2020 race. The district is heavily Democratic. Florida Politics

CD 26: Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart easily defeated Democrat Christine Alexandria Olivo in the race for the Miami-based 26th Congressional District.

CD 27Republican Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar won re-election Tuesday in a Miami congressional race, defeating state Sen. Annette TaddeoMiami Herald

CD 28: U.S. Rep. Carlos Giménez easily won re-election on Tuesday, beating Democratic challenger Robert Asencio. Florida Politics