Daniel Webster defeats Val Demings to win second House term - FOX 35 News Orlando

Webster holds off Val Demings to win second House term

Republican Congressman Daniel Webster held off challenger Val Demings on Tuesday night to serve a second term in the 10th district of the U.S. House.

He beat Demings, well-known in Central Florida as a former chief of Orlando Police, 52 to 48 percent.

"I'm excited about going back to Congress and getting to work," Webster said.

According to the state's supervisor of elections, Polk and Orange counties were neck and neck. Lake County gave Webster the edge on election day.

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In his victory speech at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort ballroom, Webster thanked his team for the tens of thousands of campaign phone calls and door-to-door efforts to mount support against his challenger.

He also said that despite the millions in ads against him, he won because he fought a clean race. Demings had out-fundraised her opponent. Webster is a former speaker of the state House and majority leader in the Senate. He is a hero to many Republicans for defeating brash liberal congressman Alan Grayson in 2010.

"We had a huge ground game we knocked on 44,000 doors. That was the difference. We made 20,000 calls. Going door to door and hooking up with people and talking to them [was the difference]," Webster said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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