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Gaetz wins U.S. House seat
Matt Gaetz is headed to a place he detests — Washington, D.C.
The Republican nominee captured about 70 percent of the vote Tuesday to easily outdistance Democratic nominee Steven Specht (253,838-113,392) for the congressional District-1 seat.
"I've got good company," Gaetz said of his negative view of Washington politics. "More than 80 percent of the country detests what's going on in Washington D.C. I'm hopeful for a new service ethic in Washington."
Gaetz spent the past six years as a state representative. He will replace Jeff Miller, who is retiring after 15 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Miller chairs the House Committee of Veterans Affairs and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Gaetz is eyeing a spot on the Armed Services Committee.
"We have military installations throughout District 1 which are the foundation of our economy," Gaetz said. "I plan to go to Washington and defend our military with a whip and a chair."
Congressional District 1 candidate Matt Gaetz spends Tuesday morning waving at drivers on Davis Highway and Brent Lane Thomas St. Myer