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Decision ’22: Crist to face DeSantis in November, Demings to take on Marco Rubio

Election 2022 Florida Governor
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., second from right, talks with a supporter outside of the United Teachers of Dade offices, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Miami Springs, Fla. Crist was endorsed by the Florida Education Association (FEA) and teachers unions from across Florida in his campaign for governor of Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL)– Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Florida governor, former Republican and former Independent is set to square off against incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis to try and win back the seat he gave up in 2010.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Crist was ahead of opponent Nikki Fried, the current state Agricultural Commissioner with 880,000 votes to her 519,000.

“Unlike the current governor, I represent every Floridian,” Crist said during his victory speech.

In the Democratic race for U.S. Senate, Rep. Val Demings of Orlando pulled in 85% of the vote with over 1.2 million cast for her by 10:00 PM. She will go on to face incumbent Senator Marco Rubio of Miami.

Congressional District 18, which covers northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, will have state Rep. Scott Franklin as the GOP Candidate and incumbent Brian Mast gets the nod in CD 21.

After a paper-thin win in the 2022 special election for the House seat belonging to deceased Rep. Alcee Hastings, Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick handily defeated her special election opponent in a rematch, earning 65% of the vote to Dale Holness’ 29%.

Republican Joe Budd will face Democrat Jared Moskowitz in U.S. House District 23 seat vacated by Ted Deutch and state senator Wilton Simpson (R) will take on Naomi Esther Blemur (D) for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, the office currently held by defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried.

Democrat Aramis Ayala will face Republican Ashley Moody to try and become Florida Attorney General.

In Broward County, a measure to increase property taxes to fund public school safety has passed with 57% of the vote, and Karen Brill along with two other incumbents will retain their seats on the Palm Beach County School Board.

This is a developing story.