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MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Representative and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will try to derail Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ bid for re-election in November after defeating state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the Washington primary. tuesday. In another high-profile race, U.S. Representative Val Demings beat three lesser-known candidates for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat. She will face incumbent Republican Senator Marco Rubio. DeSantis and Rubio both ran unopposed in the primary. Voters also chose candidates for attorney general, agriculture commissioner and U.S. House seats. A look at other competitions:

Former Orlando-area attorney Aramis Ayala beat two other Democrats for a chance to challenge Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody, who had no primary opponent. Ayala received national attention for refusing to seek the death penalty in the murder cases.

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Republican Senate President Wilton Simpson defeated little-known candidate James Shaw. Naomi Blemur defeated two other Democratic primary candidates.

Republican incumbent Jimmy Patronis has no GOP opposition for chief financial officer. He will face former Democratic state Rep. Adam Hattersley, who also has no opposition, in the general election in November.

Florida voters will elect at least six new members of Congress this year — four because incumbents are retiring or seeking higher office and two because of the creation of a new district and reshuffling of a district. current, which pits two incumbents against each other. Here are the main primaries:

—District 1 (Florida Panhandle):

Incumbent Republican Matt Gaetz fended off two main challengers. One of the challengers, veteran and business leader Mark Lombardo, hoped GOP voters in the western Panhandle had been put off by Gaetz’s frequent inflammatory remarks. Lombardo invested hundreds of thousands of his own money in the race. Rebekah Jones won the Democratic nomination.

—District 2 (Florida Panhandle):

No primary is organized. Democratic Rep. Al Lawson will face Republican Rep. Neal Dunn in a redesigned congressional district in November.

—District 3 (North Florida):

Incumbent Rep. Kat Cammack won the Republican primary. Danielle Hawk, digital project manager and community activist, won the Democratic race.

—District 4 (Northeast Florida):

State Senator Aaron Bean defeated two other Republicans to win the primary for an open seat in the Jacksonville area. On the Democratic side, former state senator Anthony Hill was in a tight race with LaShonda Holloway, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2020. It was too early to call a winner Tuesday night. Republicans have an advantage in the district.

—District 5 (North Florida):

Republican Rep. John Rutherford defeated two less-funded primary challengers. No Democrats were running for the seat.

—District 6 (North Florida):

GOP Rep. Michael Waltz won the Republican primary. There is also a Libertarian candidate in the November ballot, but no Democrat.

—District 7 (Central Florida):

Karen Green, former Vice President of the Florida Democratic Party, won her primary. Cory Mills won the Republican nomination. Green and Mills are seeking the seat left vacant after Democratic Representative Stephanie Murphy decided to quit Congress. The district stretches from Seminole County to the Atlantic coast and now leans Republican after redistricting.

—District 8 (Central Florida):

The Republican incumbent, Rep. Bill Posey, had no opposition in the GOP primary. Joanne Terry, a retired satellite systems engineer, won the Democratic primary.

—District 9 (Central Florida):

Christian nonprofit worker Scotty Moore has won the Republican primary. He will face Democratic Representative Darren Soto, who was unopposed.

—District 10 (Central Florida):

Army veteran Calvin Wimbish beat five other candidates to win the Republican nomination, while social justice activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost beat nine other Democrats in his race. They seek the seat left vacant when Deming decided to run for the United States Senate.

—District 11 (Central Florida):

Republican incumbent Dan Webster won his primary against nationally known far-right activist Laura Loomer, who was banned by multiple social media platforms over anti-Muslim and other remarks. Webster has served the Central Florida districts since 2011.

—District 12 (North Florida):

Incumbent Representative Gus Bilirakis defeated four challengers to win the Republican primary. Democrat Kimberly Walker, a Treasury Department contractor and Army veteran, does not have a primary challenger.

—District 13 (Tampa Bay area):

Anna Paulina Luna won the Republican nomination for the St. Petersburg region seat left vacant when Crist decided to run for governor. The once-competitive seat now leans Republican. Luna will face Democrat Eric Lynn, who worked in President Barack Obama’s administration.

—District 14 (Tampa Bay area):

Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor fended off a major challenge from Christopher Bradley, a cyber defense and technology expert. Public relations officer and former Coast Guard officer James Judge won the Republican nomination.

—District 15 (Tampa Bay area):

Former Secretary of State Laura Lee won the Republican nomination for the new district east of Tampa. Alan Cohn won the Democratic nomination. The district strongly favors Republicans.

—District 16 (Tampa Bay area):

Republican Representative Vern Buchanan won his primary. In November, he will face Jan Schneider, an international lawyer and author who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

—District 17 (Southwest Florida):

No primary is organized. GOP Representative Greg Steube will face Democrat Andrea Doria Kale and a non-party candidate in November.

—District 18 (Central Florida):

Incumbent U.S. GOP Rep. Scott Franklin defeated four Republican challengers. There is no Democratic candidate.

—District 19: (Southwest Florida):

First-term Rep. Byron Donalds won the Republican primary. He will face Democrat Cindy Banyai in November.

—District 20 (South Florida):

Democratic U.S. Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick won her primary for the seat she won in a special election earlier this year. Former Broward County Mayor Dale Holness, who lost to Cherfilus-McCormick by five votes, and state Rep. Anika Omphroy were also running for the seat, which includes parts of Broward and Palm counties. Beach.

—District 21 (South Florida):

Incumbent Representative Brian Mast defeated three challengers in the Republican primary. He will face Democrat Corinna Balderramos Robinson in November.

—District 22 (South Florida):

Five Republicans are competing in the primary for the chance to face Democratic Representative Lois Frankel, who was unopposed in the primary. Investor Dan Franzese and financial adviser Deborah Adeimy were in a tight race, far ahead of the other three candidates. It was too early to call a winner Tuesday night.

—District 23 (South Florida):

Jared Moskowitz beat out five other Democrats vying for the South Florida seat left vacant by Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch’s decision to retire. Moskowitz is the former state representative who helped pass gun legislation after the high school shooting in Parkland. He also served as DeSantis’ Director of Emergency Management. Joe Budd beat six other Republicans who were also running for the seat, which is firmly Democratic.

—District 24 (South Florida):

Veteran Rep. Frederica Wilson won the Democratic primary. Jesus Navarro, who works for a disability mobility company, won the Republican nomination.

—District 25 (South Florida):

Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz won her primary in the solidly Democratic district. Registered nurse Carla Spalding won the Republican nomination.

—District 26 (South Florida):

Longtime GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart won the Republican primary. He will face Democrat Christine Alexandria Olivo, who was unopposed in the primary.

—District 27 (South Florida):

First-term Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar won the Republican primary. State Senator Annette Taddeo, who was Crist’s 2014 Lt. Governor’s running mate, won the Democratic race. The Miami-area neighborhood has changed sides several times in recent years.

—District 28 (South Florida):

Incumbent Republican Representative Carlos Gimenez defeated two lesser-known challengers. Robert Asencio, a retired school police chief and former state legislator, won the Democratic primary. A written candidate is also vying for the seat.

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