Politics & Government

Florida's Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balarts keep seats

MIAMI -- All three of Miami's three Cuban-American GOP stalwarts have staved off the toughest challenges of their careers Tuesday night.

Reps. Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen respectively cruised to their ninth and 11th terms on Capitol Hill.

''I'm going to go back to Washington to make sure that our community is respected, that our views are listened to, and to represent our community with maximum effectiveness,'' Lincoln Diaz-Balart said.

''This could have been the perfect storm,'' Ros-Lehtinen said, referring to President Bush's cellar-dwelling approval ratings, the unpopular war in Iraq, the slumping economy and an ``Obama wave.''

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