Donna Shalala, a former secretary of well being and human providers beneath President Invoice Clinton, was projected to win the Democratic major for a Florida U.S. Home seat seen as key to each events’ possibilities of taking management of Congress.
The 77-year-old Shalala, a former president of the College of Miami, defeated 4 different candidates to win the nomination for Florida’s 27th District. She acquired 32 p.c of the vote, whereas her closest challenger, state Rep. David Richardson, acquired 28 p.c of the vote.
On the Republican facet, longtime Spanish-language TV journalist Maria Elvira Salazar defeated eight different GOP candidates — together with former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro and former Doral metropolis council member Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, who briefly seized the highlight together with her declare that she was kidnapped by aliens as a baby.
Rodriguez Aguilera’s profile was raised even additional final week when the Miami Herald newspaper endorsed her within the major, praising her “boots-on-the-ground concepts and expertise” whereas admitting she was “an uncommon candidate.”
Shalala and Salazar are competing to succeed retiring Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has represented the district since 2013.
The seat is extensively seen as the most effective probabilities for a Democratic pickup this November. Voters there backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 20 proportion factors within the 2016 presidential election.
Shalala, making her first run for elected workplace, has mentioned she is assured Democrats will flip the seat irrespective of which Republican is nominated, citing voters against President Trump.
“There is no query about it. In all their expertise, Trump is their worst nightmare,” she mentioned.
The Related Press contributed to this report.