Republicans are saying this is the U.S. House seat they will pick up in Florida. Democratic congressman Ron Klein is facing challenges on two fronts. Air Force Vet Paul Renneisen is back to once again challenge Klein in the primary. Retired Army officer Allen West, who lost to Klein in 2008, wants a rematch, but he has to get by David Brady first for the Republican nomination.
Nobody in Floridas congressional delegation has an easier battle for re-election than congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, who jumped from the 25th Congressional District to the 21st, saying the seat his brother Lincoln was vacating was safer for a Republican. He doesn't have an opponent and had more than $320,000 on hand on June 30.
Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has raised more than $514,000 from individuals so far and more than $785,000 in PAC money. With almost $876,000 in her war chest, Wasserman-Schultz appears headed for another term.
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat, will take on Joe Budd who lost out to Ed Lynch in the Republican nomination for the special election earlier this year. Stan Smilian is running as a write-in candidate. Due to the special election, both camps are a little behind with their paperwork. At last glance, Deutch had more than $203,000 in May, while Lynch had more than $2,000 at the end of March.
Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen drew a Democratic challenger in Rolando Banciella -- but apparently not much of a challenge. Ros-Lehtinen had more than $1 million on hand on June 30; Banciella hasn't raised more than $5,000.
On Thursday, campaign staffers for Dr. Rudy Moise announced their candidate had more than $900,000 on hand -- bad news for a field of officeholders taking Moise on for the Democratic nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.
Republican congressman Tom Rooney looks headed to another term in the House, with almost $631,000 on hand. Army veteran Jim Horn, currently working as a business consultant, takes on Ed Tautiva, a middle school teacher, for the Democratic nomination. William Dean is running as a write-in candidate. None of them are anywhere near close to Rooney in terms of war chests.
Republican Bill Posey is defending his congressional seat against retired NASA official and Cape Canaveral City Councilwoman Shannon Roberts. Posey appears headed for another term. He has raised almost $890,000, with almost $402,000 of that coming from PACs. On June 30, Posey had almost $310,000 on hand.
Having raised more than $784,000 -- with almost $126,000 coming from PACs -- Republican congressman Connie Mack appears headed for another term. Mack had more than $639,000 on hand as of June 30.
Just like 2008, congressman Vern Buchanan will face off once again against fire alarm contractor Don Baldauf for the Republican nomination. Having raised more than $1.7 million -- almost $250,000 of that coming from PACs -- and with more than $1.1 million on hand, Buchanan should have no problem in the primary.