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Wasserman Schultz beats Tim Canova

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Associated Press

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz



After all the hype, it was not much of a contest.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz beat primary challenger Tim Canova, ensuring she will return to Congress for a seventh term given the overwhelmingly Democratic makeup of the district.

Unofficial results showed her with 57 percent of the vote to Canova's 42 percent.

Riding the Bernie Sanders vibe, Canova raised an impressive amount of money and needled Wasserman Schultz from the left. She also suffered the humiliation of being ousted as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee amid an email scandal showing the party favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders.

But as juicy as the storyline became to reporters, often overlooked was how popular Wasserman Schultz is at home. Her supporters stuck with her even as Wasserman Schultz was forced to step down as head of the Democratic National Committee.

She also had the support of President Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

"There’s no one tougher than Debbie Wasserman Schultz. No matter what is thrown her way, Debbie gets back up and keeps fighting," said Allison Tant, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party. "She’s been a lifelong champion of our party’s progressive values and I congratulate her on tonight’s victory. Florida Democrats are proud to stand with Debbie and we look forward to her continued work on behalf of the people of Florida’s 23rd Congressional district.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:29pm]


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