Ousted Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones wins House primary, will face Rep. Matt Gaetz

An ousted Florida data scientist who said she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 numbers and emerged as a critic of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over

his handling of the pandemic won her U.S. House primary race and will challenge Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of former President Donald Trump's staunchest supporters, for a seat in

Congress.  Rebekah Jones won Tuesday's Democratic primary in northwestern Florida’s first congressional district, setting up a chance to unseat the incumbent

Gaetz, who has represented the district since 2017.  Jones was vaulted into the public eye during the early stages of the pandemic after she was fired from her

position at the Florida Department of Public Health. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. The Democratic nominee

said she was fired for speaking out about what she said was the state's manipulation of COVID-19 data, while state officials said she was fired for insubordination. 

Tuesday marked her first successful foray into electoral politics.  Primary takeaways: DeSantis's challenger chosen; New York Democrats wage intra-party

fights 2022 election results: U.S. House state-by-state results Who is Rebekah Jones? Data scientist rose to fame early in pandemic 

Jones worked as a data scientist who helped build the state’s COVID-19 dashboard as it navigated the early months of the pandemic in 2020. She was fired from her position in

May of that year over what she said was her refusal to manipulate COVID-19 data to support the governor’s plans to reopen the state.