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33-Year-Old Veteran Retakes Congressional Seat from Dems: 'Today We Made History'

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A 33-year-old Florida Air Force veteran has flipped one of the first seats in the midterm election.

Decision Desk HQ projected Republican Anna Paulina Luna as the victor in the campaign for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, defeating Democrat Eric Lynn.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. in Florida, with Luna projected as the winner of the battleground election less than an hour after the final vote was cast.

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Luna thanked her supporters in a tweet recognizing her victory. The Republican pointed to her grassroots campaign as vital in defeating an opponent who far outspent her in the general election.

“Today we made history,” Luna tweeted.

“I look forward to serving you in DC!”

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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.

Fox News called Florida’s gubernatorial election for DeSantis immediately as polls closed in the state, with Crist slated for a loss.

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Luna’s win amounts to one of the first flips of the election. Republicans only need six seats to secure a majority in the House.

The Hispanic veteran and military wife will represent the Pinellas County district in Congress, including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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