U.S. Rep Matt Gaetz Defeats Democratic Challenger

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses attendees during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

At a glance

  • In recent years, Gaetz has cemented his national profile as a pro-Trump firebrand, bringing some of the biggest MAGA names with him on the campaign trail.
  • The 2022 race was never considered competitive — First Congressional District voters haven’t elected a Democrat to Congress since at least 1995 — but it garnered a lot of attention due to the high profile of two of Florida’s most colorful political candidates.
  • Gaetz, is the son of former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz.

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