Black Republican Burgess Owens defeated one-term congressperson Democrat Ben McAdams by only 3,765 votes to win the seat once held by Republican Mia Love, who McAdams defeated two years ago by 694 votes. Love has the distinction of being the only Black Republican woman to ever sit in Congress.
In Florida, Black Republican Byron Donalds defeated Democrat Cindy Banyai by a much more comfortable 100,294 votes. The seat became open after Republican Francis Rooney decided to not run for reelection.
Like an increasing number of Black representatives, both men will represent majority White districts. Owens' district is 84 percent White, while Donalds’ district is 86 percent White. However, unlike the vast majority of African people in the United States, both men proudly associate themselves with Donald Trump.
Owens, who is a former football player for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, sees Donald Trump as “an advocate for Black Americans, Black kids getting educated, having a choice." He added, "I love the fact he’s all about having Black Americans having jobs,” saying Trump has “done more to help my community come out of the darkness than any president in my lifetime.”