Trump announces endorsement in GOP race to replace Crist in Florida

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE on Tuesday announced his endorsement of Air Force veteran Anna Paulina Luna in the GOP primary for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristGovernors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Trump announces endorsement in GOP race to replace Crist in Florida GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court MORE (D).

Anna Paulina Luna is a great fighter who is running for Congress in Florida. She is an Air Force veteran who puts America First, unlike her RINO opponents,” Trump said in a statement, using an acronym for "Republican in name only."

Luna is joined by fellow Republicans Audrey Henson and Amanda Makki in seeking the GOP nomination for Crist's seat.

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Luna won the Republican primary last year, earning praise from Trump, before losing to Crist in the general election.

“Anna is committed to strong borders, serving our Veterans, and ensuring Florida’s beautiful coastlines are protected. This is an important race because it is ‘key’ to taking back the House. Anna is a warrior, she is a winner, and it’s time for all America First Republicans to unite behind her strong campaign,” Trump said on Tuesday.

“Anna has my complete and total endorsement,” he added.

Crist is vacating his seat to mount a gubernatorial bid to defeat Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisCalifornia dreaming did not become reality for Republicans Florida landlord requiring proof of vaccinations from tenants Anthrax was the COVID-19 of 2001 MORE (R). Crist was governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011 as a member of the Republican Party. He became a Democrat in 2012.

Several Democrats are vying for the party's nomination in the Florida's 13th Congressional District, including some state representatives.