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.
With Adam Putnam leaving Congress to run for state agriculture and consumer services commissioner, Dennis Ross, a former state representative, is a heavy favorite over Tea Party activist John Lindsey for the Republican nomination. Ross has put together an impressive fund-raising operation with more than $489,000 from individuals, $256,000 from PACs, more than 20,000 from the party and $25,000 of his own funds.
While she has spent more than $300,000 so far, Democratic congresswoman Kathy Castor posted impressive fund-raising numbers, bringing in more than $360,000 from individuals and more than $260,000 from PACs so far. As of June 30, she had more than $427,000 on hand.
Democrats were hoping to knock off U.S. Rep. Bill Young, the longest-serving Republican in Congress. They recruited a top challenger in Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, who has been in the Legislature since 2000.
Democrat Alan Grayson looks to defend his congressional seat against one of a host of Republican challengers. Grayson has raised an astonishing $3.5 million, $2.9 million from individuals and more than $533,000 from PACs. Grayson had more than $1.4 million cash on hand on June 30.
With congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite suddenly retiring due to health concerns, Hernando County Sheriff Rich Nugent is the favorite of the Republican establishment over conservative activist Jason Sager.
Republican congressman Ander Crenshaw appears headed for another tem in the House with almost $774,000 in the bank and no Democratic opponent.
While there is some optimism in Republican circles about knocking off longtime U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, Repubs simply have not been able to bank enough money so far to knock off the Democratic incumbent.
With no Democratic opponent and ahead of his rivals in funds, U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, a Republican, appears in solid shape to win another term. Miller has spent most of the more than $370,000 that he has raised but his team has almost $56,000 left in the bank.
With Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, and House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, calling for a second special session of the Legislature at the end of summer to tackle economic issues resulting from the oil spill in the Gulf, Floridas political leaders and candidates are weighing in on its merits.