Gun-toting newcomer Anna Paulina Luna hopes to oust Charlie Crist, but it’s a long shot

Gun-toting newcomer Anna Paulina Luna hopes to oust Charlie Crist, but it’s a long shot

The reelection bid of a well-liked, well-funded congressional incumbent is supposed to be a mundane affair. There are press conferences, endorsements from like-minded officials and (oh yeah, we almost forgot) a challenger hailing from the duller side of “meh.” That’s what everyone thought Democratic U.S. Rep Charlie Crist ’s run for a third term would be. But this, as we all know, is 2020. Crist instead faces a notable GOP challenge from Anna Paulina Luna , a Trumpy influencer type whose gun-forward campaign photos helped get the 31-year-old Air Force veteran national attention. “I’m not sure if she was posing for campaign pictures or the cover of Guns & Ammo magazine,” said Democratic political consultant Bryan Farris . The landscape For a brief few years, Florida’s 13th Congressional District was something rare: a true swing district. Longtime U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young , a moderate Republican, held the seat for decades until he died in 2013. His former aide, David Jolly then won the seat, but lost it to Crist in 2016 after state lawmakers redrew the district to include more Democrats in the wake of a gerrymandering lawsuit. The district runs roughly from Pinellas Point in St. Pete north to Clearwater, covering peninsular Pinellas County. Democrats outnumber Republicans here 201,088 to 176,857. NPA voters currently total 143,876, according to the latest state numbers . Polling currently shows voters in the district favoring Crist by 17 points. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 54% to 43%. […]

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