A servant leader who represents a new and highly focused class of firebrand MAGA Conservatives won a US House seat for Florida, and she wrestled from the death grip of the radical left Democrats after serving the United States in the military. Now she has the backing of all the right people in politics and Conservative-Independent media for her Populist- America First agenda.
Anna Paulina Luna, a 33-year-old Air Force veteran, is projected to win Florida’s 13th Congressional District, defeating Democrat Eric Lynn, reports noted late Tuesday. Luna took to Twitter to thank her supporters after her race was called, pointing to her grassroots campaign as being instrumental in beating a Democratic opponent who outspent her by a lot during the election cycle.
Several Republican and Democratic Latinos made history in the midterm elections, even as votes were still being tallied Wednesday in many parts of the country.
According to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Latinos ran for top offices in 44 of the nation’s 50 states.
Luna’s win makes her Florida’s first Mexican American woman elected to Congress.
She defeated Democrat Eric Lynn in a race to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional District. With 95% of the votes in, Luna garnered 53.1% of the votes versus Lynn who received 45.1%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk, flipping the previously Democratic seat.
“Today we made history,” Luna, an Air Force veteran and nonprofit advocate, said on Twitter. “My name is Anna Paulina Luna and I am going to be the next representative for FL-13!”
Florida has had 12 Latino members of Congress, 10 of which have been of Cuban descent. The other two are of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent.
“Knocked 50,000 doors Made 89,000 phone calls Outspent 2:1 in primary Outspent 12:1 in general Today we made history. My name is Anna Paulina Luna and I am going to be the next representative for FL-13! Thank you Pinellas! I look forward to serving you in DC!” she wrote.
The announcements were made online. D to R Flip.#DecisionMade: 7:56pm EST
Decision Desk HQ projects Anna Paulina Luna (R) wins election to the U.S. House in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
D to R Flip.#DecisionMade: 7:56pm EST
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 9, 2022
Knocked 50,000 doors
Made 89,000 phone calls
Outspent 2:1 in primary
Outspent 12:1 in general
Today we made history.
My name is Anna Paulina Luna and I am going to be the next representative for FL-13!
Thank you Pinellas! I look forward to serving you in DC!
— Anna Paulina Luna (@VoteAPL) November 9, 2022
The Western Journal added some more details:
Luna secured a margin of victory of roughly 8.6 percent with 95 percent of the vote counted, a development that could display the nascent strength of the Republican Party in Florida. Florida’s 13th district was formerly represented by Charlie Crist, a Democrat who resigned his office to focus on a gubernatorial campaign against Gov. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis, meanwhile, easily beat Crist, a former Florida Republican governor himself before he flipped to the Democratic Party.
DeSantis was in a fantastic spot heading into Tuesday night after raising a record-breaking $200 million for his re-election campaign. By comparison, Crist only raised around $31 million, Politico reported. DeSantis has only spent around $100,000 on his campaign which means he still has around $90 million left in the bank.
“BREAKING: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) wins re-election in a blowout against opponent Charlie Crist (D).”
BREAKING: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) wins re-election in a blowout against opponent Charlie Crist (D). pic.twitter.com/QF3kHdhriS
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 9, 2022
“BREAKING: Governor Ron DeSantis (R) wins re-election as Florida Governor.”
BREAKING: Governor Ron DeSantis (R) wins re-election as Florida Governor. pic.twitter.com/FILd7Swa8R
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) November 9, 2022
Politico noted that the extra $90 million could be used for a possible 2024 presidential campaign.
“If you look at where the money is coming from, it’s indicative of Gov. DeSantis being seen by national donors as the de facto frontrunner for president,” Republican lobbyist Slater Bayliss said.
“I think people on the left do not think their candidates sell out, and on the right we think ours cut deals, and are more pragmatic,” he said. “Former President Trump’s whole brand on the Republican side was that he does not sell out.”
“Gov. DeSantis has built on that,” he said, “And is taken more seriously by many Republican donors.
”Politico noted further:
Other governors who have taken in massive hauls in recent election cycles include self-financers like Meg Whitman, whose $176 million during the 2010 California gubernatorial campaign included $144 million of her own money. Illinois Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker nearly entirely self-funded his $176 million 2018 campaign and $133 million reelection bid.
Texas Republican Greg Abbot, meanwhile, raised $116 million for his 2022 reelection bid. But Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke — who has outraised him since the summer — has forced Abbott to outspend his opponent by wide margins. Now, Abbott is left with less cash on hand than O’Rourke for the second reporting period in a row, with his overall coffers hitting a nearly two-decade low.
Abbott won a third term Tuesday evening, beating Democratic challenger Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, a former U.S. congressman and Democratic Senate candidate.
“It has long been said that ‘money is the mother’s milk of politics,’” Florida Republican consultant David Johnson said. “The DeSantis team has built a national dairy farm-to-table operation in just four years. We have seen large networked donor operations on a grand scale operate in the past, to some great effect.”
“Team DeSantis is more notable because it is small, fierce and reaping such huge amounts,” he said.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida also defeated his Democrat challenger Rep. Val Demings. InsiderAdvantage Chairman Matt Towery, who conducted a final poll on the race for FOX, warned that Rubio was headed for a big win.
“Demings is performing better but still loses among every age group. It is obvious that President Biden’s very weak approval rating in Florida is likely a weight on both Democratic nominees” in Florida’s high-profile Senate and Governor’s races, Rubio said.