Cuban American Republican Maria Elvira Salazar to face Democrat Donna Shalala for Florida’s 27th congressional district

Republican Maria Elvira Salazar will face off with Democrat Donna Shalala in November for Florida’s 27th congressional district.

Cuban American journalist and Republican candidate for U.S. congress Maria Elvira Salazar will face Democrat and Clinton machine alumni Donna Shalala in November for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat in Florida’s 27th congressional district. Both won their respective party primaries yesterday, but by vastly different margins.

While Shalala pulled out a win by beating her nearest competitor with a little less than a 2,000 vote margin, Salazar pulled off an impressive win in her much more crowded primary field, beating her nearest competitor by almost 5,000 votes.

Facing only four other candidates who were relatively unknown, Shalala only managed to earn 31.9% of the vote. In contrast, Salazar’s crowded primary race had nine candidates, including some well-known names, yet she garnered 40.5% of the vote.

But what may be more telling is the winner’s total vote count. Facing only four other candidates, Shalala received 14,153 votes. On the other side, Salazar faced 8 other candidates and received a total of 15,812 votes.

Via The New York Times

We will obviously have to wait until November to see who will win this race, but after her performance last night, Salazar looks to be in a good position to pull out a win.

3 thoughts on “Cuban American Republican Maria Elvira Salazar to face Democrat Donna Shalala for Florida’s 27th congressional district”

  1. I wish there were a better Republican candidate, but one must vote for the lesser evil, and Shalala is out of the question. She’s an old and staunch Clinton crony (especially tight with Hillary), which is absolutely disqualifying, certainly for any self-respecting Cuban with dignity (and I don’t care how much she may claim to love guava pastries, or what she may say on Cuba to get Cuban-American votes).

    Besides, even if she had no Clinton ties, she’s already had more than her share of high-profile positions, and at 77 and after a stroke, the fact she wants yet another one is highly questionable. There’s absolutely no way she could be the best possible choice for the job she’s seeking, not even close.

  2. Miami-Dade Mayor Giménez, who “identifies” as Republican, backed Dem Levine over DeSantis. Imagine that.

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