U.S. Congressman Richard Nugent cruised to victory Tuesday night against his Democratic challenger David Werder.
Nugent, 61, will continue to represent the 11th Congressional district. He captured nearly 68 percent of the vote in Hernando and Citrus counties.
Nugent stressed during the campaign that the key to economic recovery in his district is job creation.
"We need to be doing everything we can at the local, state and federal level to give companies a reason to believe that their investment won't be in vain," Nugent said. "We need to get them off the fence and building this country again."
Nugent represents District 11, which covers all of Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties and portions of Marion and Lake counties.
Nugent is the former sheriff of Hernando County.
"Central Florida has been hit hard by this recession — about as hard as anywhere in this country — and for hundreds of families in Hernando County, this is truly going to be life-changing," Nugent said. "It is a real-world reminder that when companies feel confident about what the future holds, they will invest in this country — and that means jobs."
Werder is a perennial candidate for Congress, having run for the elected office four times prior since 2002 — most times as a write-in candidate.