Charlie Crist wins race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District

Crist defeated Republican challenger Anna Paulina Luna.

click to enlarge Charlie Crist wins race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District
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Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has been reelected for Florida’s 13th Congressional District for a third term, defeating Republican challenger Anna Paulina Luna.

The Associated Press has called it, and Crist claimed 56% of the vote in the Pinellas County district, which includes St. Petersburg, Largo and Clearwater.

The result in District 13 is not surprising, as Crist is generally well-liked in the district and established in Florida politics, previously serving as the state’s governor from 2007 to 2011. As of Oct. 28, Crist was leading Luna in the polls by 17 points. In the district, Democrats outnumber Republicans 201,088 to 176,857.

Crist, 64, was a Republican governor until he left the party in 2010 and ran as a Democrat in 2014 for Congress. He eventually won the bid in 2016 and has maintained mostly moderate ideals.

Luna, who is only 31, previously served in the Air Force. Her campaign was filled with promotional pictures of her holding semi automatics in front of American flag images, an appeal to strong proponents of the 2nd Amendment and, frankly, Donald Trump. She has received support from the president as well as Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk. Luna said her priority was enhancing services for veterans.

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