Amid GOP gains, Dem Frost is 1st Gen Zer to win House seat

Nov 7, 2022, 12:00 PM | Updated: Nov 8, 2022, 7:46 pm
Maxwell Frost dances with supporters during a party at The Abbey in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 8,...

Maxwell Frost dances with supporters during a party at The Abbey in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Frost won the election in Florida's 10th Congressional District. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

(Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

              Maxwell Frost dances with supporters during a party at The Abbey in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Frost won the election in Florida's 10th Congressional District. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
            
              Democratic candidate for Florida's 10th Congressional District Maxwell Frost, right, celebrates with supporters during a party at The Abbey in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
            
              Maxwell Frost dances with supporters during a party at The Abbey in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Frost won the election in Florida's 10th Congressional District. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
            
              Democratic candidate for Florida's 10th Congressional District Maxwell Frost, right, celebrates with supporters during a party at The Abbey in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
            
              FILE - Maxwell Frost, Democratic congressional candidate for Florida's District 10, speaks during a rally, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar speaks at a Republican campaign rally in West Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
            
              FILE - Florida state Sen. Annette Taddeo speaks during a news conference in Miami, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Amid Republican gains in the U.S. House races in Florida, Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost became the first member of Generation Z to win a seat in Congress.

Most Florida races for the U.S. House of Representatives went according to expectation Tuesday night, including Republican Anna Paulina Luna’s win against Democrat Eric Lynn in the 13th District, a St. Petersburg-based district formerly represented by Democrat Charlie Crist.

That was one pickup for the GOP. Republicans overall added to their domination of the U.S. House delegation from Florida, where GOP lawmakers drew new district lines favoring their party. Previously 16-11 in favor of Republicans, the new Congress will see 20 Florida Republicans and eight Democrats.

But Frost, a 25-year-old gun reform and social justice activist, was able to win handily in a heavily blue Orlando-area district that was relinquished by Democratic Rep. Val Demings, who lost her challenge against Sen. Marco Rubio.

Frost is a former March For Our Lives organizer seeking stricter gun control laws and has stressed opposition to restrictions on abortion rights. Gen Z generally refers to those born between the late 1990s to early 2010s. To become a member of Congress, candidates must be at least 25 years old.

Frost celebrated on Twitter:

“WE WON!!!! History was made tonight. We made history for Floridians, for Gen Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to represent my home in the United States Congress,” Frost tweeted.

Frost is among six newcomers to the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s vote from Florida as Republicans took advantage of an aggressively redrawn congressional map spearheaded by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In the wake of the 2020 census, DeSantis had ordered the GOP-controlled legislature to adopt a map devised to maximize Republican gains — vetoing the initial GOP-backed map which largely kept intact two seats held by Black Democratic members of Congress.

Heading into this election year, Republicans held 16 seats and Democrats represented 11 from Florida in the House. Florida is gaining a 28th seat due to population growth.

In one of the marquee races, Republican Neal Dunn defeated Democrat Al Lawson in a north Florida battle of incumbents. Lawson’s majority-Black district was scrapped by the Republican-led Legislature, which adopted a congressional map pushed by DeSantis, prompting a lawsuit alleging unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

The new House members from Florida will come from six open seats, including the 13th District won by Luna after losing in 2020 to Crist.

Luna, an Air Force veteran, was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and has said she favors bans on abortion — in one campaign ad she was quoted as saying she is a “pro-life extremist” — and that the U.S. is endangered by communist or socialist tendencies.

“They are trying to ruin us,” Luna said at a recent rally. “Freedom will prevail in this country.”

In addition, Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy chose not to run for reelection after her redrawn district in central Florida, leading to a victory by Republican Cory Mills, which marks a switch to the GOP. And in South Florida, Democrat Ted Deutch’s retirement opened the way for fellow Democrat Jared Moskowitz to win the seat that includes the high school where Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people in 2018.

One truly open seat, where no incumbent was involved, was the 15th District in the Tampa area, where Republican Laurel Lee — a former Florida secretary of state — defeated Democrat Alan Cohn, a former investigative journalist.

Among races with an incumbent, Miami-area 27th District was the most closely contested and had a history of flipping back and forth between Democrats and Republicans.

In that race, Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo lost to first-term Republican Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, keeping the seat in the GOP fold.

Otherwise, Florida’s incumbent U.S. House members are headed back to Washington.

These include Republican Matt Gaetz, a top supporter of former President Donald Trump who is under federal investigation in a sex trafficking case; Democrat Kathy Castor in a Tampa-area seat; Republican Vern Buchanan, who could chair the powerful Ways and Means Committee in a GOP-led House; Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a former Democratic National Committee chair; and state delegation dean and Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, first elected in 2002.

One incumbent had no opposition Tuesday: GOP Rep. John Rutherford, a former Duval County sheriff, had already won another term in north Florida’s 5th District.

The economy is weighing heavily on the minds of Florida voters. Three-quarters of them believe things in the country are heading in the wrong direction, according to AP VoteCast, an expansive survey of more than 3,200 voters in Florida. About half rank the economy and jobs as the most important issues facing the country.

Almost 8 in 10 voters say the nation’s economy is not so good or poor. When looking at their own family’s financial situation, about half describe it as holding steady while almost 4 in 10 say they are falling behind. However, 6 in 10 voters say they are confident they can keep up with their expenses and find a good job if needed.

For a majority, inflation is the single most important factor in the election.

Meanwhile, nearly 7 in 10 voters say the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion is an important factor in the election.

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Amid GOP gains, Dem Frost is 1st Gen Zer to win House seat