Florida Democrat Donna Shalala is projected to win against Republican Maria Elvira Salazar, replacing retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and flipping a House seat that Democrats have long targeted, CNBC reported Tuesday night.
> According to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Florida's 27th District is considered a D +5, meaning Democratic candidates there do 5 percentage points better on average than Democrats nationwide. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the district by 20 points, her largest margin of victory in any district that was represented by a Republican at the time.
> Shalala is well known in the district, having served as the president of the University of Miami for more than 10 years. On the campaign trail, Shalala emphasized her experience, including her eight-year tenure as secretary of Health and Human Services in President Bill Clinton's administration.