Republicans steamroll to win U.S. House races - Florida Politics

Republicans steamroll to win U.S. House races

Republican incumbents strolled to victory Tuesday over their Democratic opponents in three U.S. House races.

District 6

Republican Ron DeSantis, a two-term Republican incumbent who ran for the U.S. Senate this year before dropping out this summer, won Florida’s 6th Congressional District race to defend his seat. DeSantis, of Palm Coast, beat Democrat Bill McCullough, a political newcomer from DeLeon Springs.

DeSantis won with 59 percent of the vote or 212,923 votes to McCullough’s 41 percent or 150,447 votes.

CD 6 runs heavily Republican and stretches from Jacksonville’s southern suburbs south to New Smyrna Beach.

District 8

U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, who is completing his fourth two-year term in Congress, held on to his seat. He defeated Democrat Corry Westbrook, lead specialist for oceans policy at the World Wildlife Fund, by a wide margin in Florida’s 8th Congressional District.

Posey won 244,097 votes, or 63 percent, while Westbrook took 125,698, or 33 percent of the votes.

CD 8 includes all of Brevard and Indian River counties along with a section of east Orange County including parts of Avalon Park, Bithlo, Christmas, and Wedgefield.

District 11

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster will continue his long career as a lawmaker, but in a new district.

Webster, a three-term Republican incumbent in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, beat political newcomer Dave Koller for Florida’s 11th Congressional District.

Webster won 256,541 or 65 percent of the vote, while Koller had 123,649, or 32 percent.

Webster switched to CD 11 after redistricting last year. His Orlando-area district was redrawn to favor Democrats so he decided to run in the heavily Republican 11th District.

Webster’s experience in the state Legislature and his six years in Congress gave him strong name recognition over Koller.

CD 11 encompasses parts of Lake, Sumter, Marion, Hernando, and Citrus counties.

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.
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