Reps. Deutch, Wasserman Schultz, Diaz-Balart Win Re-Election

Democratic representatives Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republican representative Mario Diaz-Balart have won reelection into the House of Representatives.

Democratic US Rep. Ted Deutch was elected to a fifth term in Florida's congressional district 22, which represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Deutch defeated Republican Nicolas Kimaz on Tuesday in the 22nd congressional district, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Deutch is an attorney and former state senator who has been active in gun-control issues since the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Kimaz is a business entrepreneur who also describes himself as a "holistic healer" on his campaign website.

Wasserman Schultz was elected Tuesday to an eighth term in Congress in the 23rd District, which includes several cities in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

She defeated Republican candidate Joe Kaufman, a writer and researcher who specializes in national security and Middle East policies. There were also two independent candidates in the race, including Tim Canova, whom Wasserman Shultz defeated in 2016.

Wasserman Schultz is a former National Democratic Committee chairwoman and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. She recently gained national notice when packages containing a series of pipe bombs used her office as a return address. The packages were sent to prominent Democrats, the news media and others. A Florida man has been charged in the bomb case.

GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart won re-election to a ninth House term in district 25, denying Democrats' hopes for an additional seat.

Diaz-Balart defeated Democrat Mary Barzee Flores on Tuesday in Florida's 25th District, which includes western Miami suburbs and areas near Naples to the west.

The 56-year-old Cuban-American Republican campaigned on his experience and powerful position on the House Appropriations Committee, while mostly staying out of controversies involving President Donald Trump.

Attorney and former judge Barzee Flores sought to link Diaz-Balart to Trump and to money from the National Rifle Association. Barzee Flores was nominated to a federal judgeship by President Barack Obama, but she never got a Senate vote.

Diaz-Balart's brother Lincoln also served in the House and another brother, Jose, is a network news anchor.

Democratic Rep. Wasserman Schultz re-elected to eighth House term in Florida's 23rd District.
Democratic US Rep. Ted Deutch elected to 5th term in Florida district representing parts of Broward, Palm Beach .
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