Dane Eagle, who finished a close second place in Tuesday’s primary, has endorsed Byron Donalds in Florida’s 19th Congressional District.
“Byron Donalds is the Republican nominee, and he has my full support as we head into November to keep Florida red and re-elect President Trump!” Eagle wrote on Facebook.
In the end, Eagle finished second in the Republican primary Tuesday night, winning 21.85% of the vote to Donalds’ 22.6%.
“I am so incredibly thankful to my amazing team, my supporters and especially my family. We fought a long and hard race, and while we were not outworked, we were vastly outspent,” Eagle wrote. “We came within reach of victory last night, but we ended up a little short for a very, very close second place— out of nine candidates. “
Eagle has yet to announce his next political move. He passed up being considered for appointment to a Lee County Commission seat last year, and decided to forgo a Senate race as well before the Congressional seat opened up. He ended up recommending Ray Sandelli for the Commission seat and backing Ray Rodrigues for Senate; both of those candidates won primaries on Tuesday night.
“Regardless of the outcome of the election, my prize is my family,” Eagle said. “I threw my amazing newlywed and pregnant wife into a campaign for the ages, and now we have a beautiful son to raise. I look forward to all that is yet to come!”
Donalds faces Democrat Cindy Banyai in the General Election.