MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Republican Maria Elvira Salazar took to the stage on Tuesday night to thank supporters as she claimed victory over Democratic incumbent Donna Shalala in what turned out to be a tight race for Congressional District 27.
With 100 percent of the votes counted, Salazar, a former TV journalist, received 51 percent of the vote over Shalala’s 49 percent.READ MORE: Flags To Fly At Half-Staff Wednesday To Honor COVID-19 Victims
Both candidates had faced each other in 2018, but this time the results were reversed.
On her defeat, Shalala issued the following statement.
“I want to congratulate my opponent. It has been a spirited campaign. It has been a great honor to represent the people of Miami-Dade. I have fought for issues that matter most to our families, from access to affordable healthcare, to tackling climate change, to justice for all and a better future for our children. I will continue to demand our leaders follow the advice of our world-class scientists and public health leaders to crush the virus and rebuild our economy.”
Salazar spent much of her campaign focused on Representative Shalala’s failure to report a series of personal stock transactions.READ MORE: Miami-Dade's First Federal Vaccination Site Is Now Open Using Newly Approved Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
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“Being part of the political elite and that has not brought anything good to South Florida,” said Salazar.
Shalala said she missed a deadline for filing.
“I owned up to it. I took responsibility. I put it on our website. Done,” she explained.MORE NEWS: 'It’s Just Unacceptable': Racial Slurs Hurled At Fishermen Near Stuart
Salazar had raised $3.14 million in her race for the District.