Republican Vern Buchanan was reelected to serve Florida for a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday in a landslide.
The incumbent candidate earned 164,710 votes, or 61.7 percent, across the 16th district, which covers Sarasota County and most of Manatee, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
"As Republicans we've got to find a way to produce," Buchanan said to a crowd gathered at the Hyatt in downtown Sarasota. "We've got a lot of big issues, and we've got to find a way to come together, work with Democrats and get something on the president's desk."
Democratic challenger Henry Lawrence received 102,474 votes, or 38.4 percent.
Buchanan, 63, said his main focus is leaving the country better for future generations, and right now that means cutting down the national debt and fostering an environment in America that stimulates economic growth.
Buchanan grew up in Detroit, was the first member of his family to attend college and started a printing company there in 1976. After growing the company from two to 750 stores, he sold it and moved to Florida in 1990.
In Sarasota, he got into the automotive retail business and bought Sarasota Ford in 1995, which prompted him to move to Longboat Key, where he currently lives.
Buchanan raised nearly $1.6 million and spent a little more than $1 million on his campaign, according to reports filed through Oct. 15.
Lawrence raised $48,098 and spent $46,919 on his campaign, according to reports filed through Oct. 15.