ORLANDO, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., will take on incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in November's race for Senate.
The former police chief of Orlando handily won Tuesday's Democratic primary, defeating three candidates to secure the nomination.
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As of 9:47 p.m., Demings received 84% of the vote in the primary.
Demings was optimistic as she reflected on her unlikely life story before a crowd of cheering supporters.
"Together, I really do believe this daughter of a maid and janitor who is not supposed to be standing here tonight — I really do believe that together we can do anything," she said.
She is seeking to become the first Black female senator to represent Florida.
Rubio is looking to serve for a third term as Florida's senator. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Portions of this article courtesy of the Associated Press