Another Trump-endorsed candidate, Air Force veteran Anna Paulina Luna, won Florida’s Republican primary election on Tuesday night against Kevin Hayslett.
“Thank you Pinellas County! I look forward to representing you in Washington, DC, and delivering results for our community! President Trump… I kicked ass like you wanted me too,” Luna wrote in a tweet on Tuesday after her victory.
Luna won 44.3 percent of the vote. Hayslett scored 33.8 percent with 95 percent of voters reporting. Another candidate, Amanda Makki, had 17 percent of the vote.
Luna is now scheduled to compete against Democrat candidate Eric Lynn in the general election in November to replace Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) in Florida's 13th Congressional District.
NRCC Chair Tom Emmer gave the following statement about the results from the FL-13 primary:
Congratulations to Anna Paulina Luna on her primary victory. As a veteran, Anna has a strong record of serving our country and is a fierce defender of our American values. Eric Lynn will be a rubber stamp for Democrats’ reckless agenda that has caused soaring inflation and a recession. Floridians will reject Eric Lynn and send Anna Paulina Luna to Congress.
In the meantime, Crist will take on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in the gubernatorial election this year.
Trump endorsed Luna in 2021, stating that a Republican victory in her district was “key” to taking back the House in 2022.
“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 had said. “Anna is committed to strong borders, serving our Veterans, and ensuring Florida’s beautiful coastlines are protected.”