With 82 percent of the vote in, the incumbent congresswoman was leading college professor Tim Canova, 57-43 percent, and was declared the winner by the AP.
Wasserman Schultz stepped down from the DNC near the start of the Democratic National Convention this summer after an email hack fueled criticism that she was favoring Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the presidential primary process.
Canova benefited from millions poured into his campaign by disaffected Sanders supporters, but it was not enough in a district Clinton won by 40 points in the primary and where Wasserman Schultz is very well known, having been in this seat for more than a decade.
Another big-name incumbent, Marco Rubio, also won his primary race despite a challenge from a wealthy Trump-like supporter who poured millions of his own money into the race. That sets up a key Senate race that could determine control of the U.S. Senate.
Polls close later Tuesday night in Arizona, where John McCain’s is facing a primary challenge as well centered on the issue of immigration. McCain, who turned 80 on Monday, is seeking a sixth term.
Rubio will face Democrat Patrick Murphy, who also easily won his primary against controversial Congressman Alan Grayson.
With 93 percent of the vote in, Rubio was up 72-19 percent over developer Carlos Beruff, who spent more than $8 million of his own money on the race. Congressman Murphy also appears to have easily defeated Rep. Alan Grayson. With 93 percent in, Murphy was up 59-18 percent.
Rubio had promised not to seek reelection, but after his failed presidential run, he reconsidered. It was a top pick-up opportunity for Democrats in their quest to take back the Senate — until Rubio was convinced to reverse course.
Republicans currently …