New Member: Republican Matt Gaetz Elected in Florida’s 1st District
Incumbent GOP Rep. Jeff Miller did not seek re-election

Republican Matt Gaetz is heading to Congress. (Courtesy Gaetz for Congress)

Republican state Rep. Matt Gaetz will defeat Democrat Steven Specht in Florida’s 1st District, The Associated Press projects.

Gaetz led Specht, 66 percent to 34 percent with 11 percent of precincts reporting.

Florida GOP Primaries Will Shape Next Year's Conference
Five of the state's 8 open seats are safe for Republicans

Mary Thomas, Republican candidate for Florida's 2nd District, has the support of the House Freedom Fund. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a third of Florida's delegation retiring at the end of this term, open-seat races dot the Sunshine State's redistricted congressional map.

Five of the open eight House seats are in Safe Republican districts, which means the winners of Tuesday's primaries will likely be the next members of Congress.