Byron Donalds wins District 19 race

Reporter: Amanda Hall Writer: Drew Hill
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State Rep. Dane Eagle (right) endorsed Republican Byron Donalds for U.S. Florida District 19 Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 after Donalds officially won the nomination by a close margin in the 2020 Florida primary. (Credit: WINK News)

Byron Donalds (R) has won the U.S. House District 19 race over Democratic opponent Cindi Banyai. Donalds won 58% of the vote. He will be taking over Francis Rooney’s old seat.

On the morning of the primary in August, some voters received text messages that Dinalds had falsely dropped out of the race. At the time, Donalds claimed Casey Askar’s campaign was responsible.

Later, he explained that clip was from a 2014 video.

Byron Donalds also contracted COVID-19 last month possibly after a large campaign event for President Trump in Collier County.

Donalds is open about his criminal history but, says he’s a strong supporter of school choice, is pro-life and gun rights.

The Donalds’s campaign is holding their watch party at Seed to Table in Collier County.

“This is my home… these people right here, they backed me up for a long time, they backed my family and I’m going to do them proud,” Donalds said.

One thing Donalds wants to focus on when he heads to Washington? Terms Limits. “Term limits… time for people to go home,” said Donalds.

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