Election results: Rep. Ross Spano ousted by Lakeland commissioner in Congressional GOP primary

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Several U.S. representatives from the Tampa Bay area are up for re-election in November and found out Tuesday night who their challengers will be.

Tuesday night’s primary election determined who will appear on the ballot in November in four Congressional districts. One representative – freshman Congressman Ross Spano – was ousted by his primary challenger, Lakeland Commissioner Scott Franklin.

District 9 Republican primary

U.S. Congressional District 9 covers part of Polk County. Democratic Rep. Darren Soto currently holds the office. Soto was elected in 2016 and is running for re-election in November.

William Olson won the Republican primary in District 9 on Tuesday night and will face Soto on the ballot in November.

District 13 Republican primary

U.S. Congressional District 13 covers most of Pinellas County. The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist. The former governor of Florida was first elected to serve in Congress in 2016 when he defeated incumbent Republican Rep. David Jolly.

Crist is running for re-election in November. Republican Anna Luna won a close primary race on Tuesday night, earning her a spot on November’s ballot opposite Rep. Crist.

District 14 Republican primary

U.S. Congressional District 14 covers much of Hillsborough County. Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor currently holds the office. Castor was first elected in 2006 and is running for re-election again in November.

Christine Quinn won the GOP primary in District 14 on Tuesday night and will face Castor in November.

District 15 Republican primary

U.S. Congressional District 15 covers parts of Polk and Hillsborough counties. Republican Ross Spano currently represents District 15 in Congress but was challenged and defeated Tuesday by Republican Scott Franklin.

Spano is a freshman congressman who was first elected in 2018. Franklin is a city commissioner in Lakeland who was endorsed by Spano’s colleague, Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Franklin will now face Alan Cohn – the winner of the Democratic primary in District 15.

District 15 Democratic primary

U.S. Congressional District 15 covers parts of Polk and Hillsborough counties. Republican Ross Spano currently represents District 15 in Congress but was challenged and defeated Tuesday by Republican Scott Franklin.

Alan Cohn won the Democratic primary in District 15 and will face Franklin in November’s general election.

8 On Your Side is Your Local Election Headquarters. We’ll have you covered with full primary coverage and results Tuesday night.

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