With two months to go until the election, both the GOP and the Democrats tipped their cards on what tactics they will embrace in two close congressional races in Florida.
As he returns to Washington D.C. for a high-profile session, a Florida Republican outlined what he thinks Congress should focus on.
Even as November’s elections loom on the horizon, Congress reconvened on Tuesday for a four week session. Florida Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan called for Congress to focus on a number of issues ranging from security to battling the Zika virus.
Buchanan pushed a “short but important list of priorities that needs to be accomplished” in the weeks ahead.
Following the landfall of Hurricane Hermine Thursday night, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday remained in constant communication with state and local leaders who are working to ensure the state is responding to any impacts from the storm. Throughout the day Scott visited communities impacted by the hurricane to meet with Floridians and assess damages.
With the primaries over, Florida voters can look ahead to the congressional elections in November. There are plenty of new faces headed to Congress after redistricting and a wave of retirements. But most of the competitive congressional races in the Sunshine State were settled in the primary. There are only a handful of truly competitive races left in Florida’s 27 congressional districts and one of them is already in the books.
With Labor Day marking the traditional start of the general election, here’s where things stand in the congressional races across Florida.
For a long time, media stories -- including some of the ones in Sunshine State News -- showed progressive Tim Canova, backed by Bernie Sanders, giving U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz fits in the CD 23 primary. Some even predicted he could upset her.
While there were a handful of upsets in Tuesday's Florida primaries, when the smoke cleared, most of the favorites went on to win. Still, after redistricting, there are plenty of new faces headed to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. Here’s a look at some of the major winners and losers.
Voters across Florida hit the polls on Tuesday to vote in primaries with a lot on the line in congressional races. After the latest round of redistricting, several incumbents retired and there are close battles across the Sunshine as Democrats and Republicans cast their ballots.
For retiring Congresswoman Gwen Graham, 2016 is all about 2018.
When announcing that she would not run for a second term in Congress back in April, Graham threw open the door to running for governor, the post her father Bob Graham held for eight years in the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s.
While Graham isn’t on the ballot this year, thanks in part to the latest round of redistricting which made her district far more hospitable to Republicans, she is staying busy on the campaign trail.
A poll released on Friday shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump running close in Florida, the largest swing state on the electoral map.
The Mason Dixon poll of registered Florida voters has Clinton with 44 percent and Trump with 42 percent. Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor who is running again as the Libertarian nominee, pulls 6 percent while 2 percent of those surveyed back Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Looking to break the deadlock in Washington over additional funding to Zika, retiring Republican Curt Clawson of Florida offered a proposal on Wednesday.