Air Force veteran Anna Paulina Luna has won the Republican primary in Florida’s 13th District and will go on to face two-term Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristDeSantis officially files paperwork for reelection bid Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout Trump-endorsed candidate leading GOP field to replace Crist in Florida: poll MORE (D) in November.
Luna prevailed in the crowded primary with 36 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.
The political newcomer defeated four other Republicans to win the nomination, including Amanda Makki, a lobbyist and former aide to Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Ala.).
"This November I will defeat @CharlieCrist & then I’ll help @realDonaldTrump DRAIN THE SWAMP," Luna tweeted after her win Tuesday.
My name is Anna Paulina Luna— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) August 19, 2020
I just won my election in FL-13 by a wide margin
They said I didn’t have a chance because I lacked ‘experience’
But the people were with me all the way
This November I will defeat @CharlieCrist & then I’ll help @realDonaldTrump DRAIN THE SWAMP
Trump later Tuesday night tweeted his congratulations to Luna.
Great WIN Anna! Watched your race from beginning, very impressed. Your next opponent, Charlie Crist, is a Pelosi puppet who is bad on Crime, our Military, Vets, & 2nd Amendment. You have my Complete & Total Endorsement! https://t.co/PLdW3VXNTI— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020
Nonpartisan political handicapper The Cook Political Report rates the race as “Solid Democratic."