Republican Anna Paulina Luna defeated Democrat Eric Lane for the 13th congressional district in Florida.
Republican Anna Paulina Luna turns a blue seat in the US House of Representatives red as she ran for the open seat in Florida’s 13th congressional district against Democrat Eric Lane.
The seat was vacant because Democrat Charlie Crist resigned his seat to run for governor against Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
The majority of polls in the state closed at 7 p.m. local time. Since the state has multiple time zones, the first poll closed at 7 p.m. EST and the last polls closed at 8 p.m. EST.
The Thirteenth Congressional Candidates in Florida
Luna is an Air Force veteran and former model, has become the director of conservative nonprofit organization Turning Point USA, and is a podcast host with Gingrich 360.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Luna during the primaries, and she also garnered the support of troubled MAGA representative Matt Gaetz and Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point.
Lane is a former national security adviser at the Pentagon under the Democratic and Republican administrations.
He also ran Libertarian Frank Craft.
Voting date for Florida’s 13th congressional district
Luna challenged Christian unsuccessfully for the seat in the 2020 election, and with his resignation Republicans see an opportunity to change the region – which includes Saint Petersburg – to red.
Joe Biden won the district during the 2020 presidential race, but DeSantis proposed a redistricting bill this year passed by Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature, and now the map is tilting GOP.
Luna has raised nearly $3 million, spent $2.6 million, and has about $480,000 in cash, as of October 19, according to the nonpartisan Money in Politics organization OpenSecrets.
Lane has raised $2 million, spent over $1.5 million, and has approximately $592,000 in cash, as of October 19.
As of November 4, the SPCs, NPCs, and other non-nominated groups together have spent more than $15.3 million to advocate for and against candidates in this race, including during its initial phase. This puts the race on the higher end of the spectrum for external spending.
What do the experts say?
The race between Luna and Lane has been rated “likely Republican” by the Inside Elections and “likely Republican” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.