Republican John Rutherford Elected in Florida’s 4th District
Takes retiring Rep. Ander Crenshaw’s seat

(Photo courtesy John Rutherford Facebook page)

Republican John Rutherford will defeat Democrat David E. Bruderly in Florida’s 4th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Rutherford led Bruderly 71.1 percent to 27.1 percent with 0 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.

Florida's Ander Crenshaw Won't Seek Re-election
Retirement opens up safe Republican seat

Several Florida Republicans could run for Ander Crenshaw's House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Republican Ander Crenshaw said Wednesday that he would not seek a ninth term.  

"Progress is measured in projects completed and lives impacted, and I think we made a difference. Now, it is time to turn the page on this chapter of my life and see what’s next," Crenshaw said in a statement.