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Rep. Val Demings wins Democratic primary for US Senate

Sen. Marco Rubio seeking 3rd term as senator
U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., front, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, addresses supporters as her husband, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, right, watches during a primary election party on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
Posted at 7:25 PM, Aug 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-23 23:22:16-04

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