Two prominent Jewish Democratic representatives in Congress comfortably won their reelection as returns came in early in traditionally Democratic parts of South Florida.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is heading to an eighth term in the House of Representatives on behalf of Florida’s 23rd district, defeating Republican candidate Carla Spalding. Early returns showed Wasserman Schultz ahead at 61 percent to 39 percent.
Rep. Ted Deutch also easily kept his seat in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, defeating Republican challenger James Pruden. Initial returns showed Deutch ahead 63 percent to 37 percent.
Both members of Congress represent districts with a substantial Jewish population.
Wasserman Schultz is a senior figure in Congress, serving on the House’s Committee on Appropriations and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and is the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.
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The six-term congressman’s district includes Parkland, the town that endured a tragic mass school shooting in 2018; since the incident, Deutch has taken the lead on gun control issues. A ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, he is active in promoting U.S.-Israel cooperation.