A week after the primaries, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) included two candidates from the Sunshine State as part of its “Young Guns” program.
The NRCC included twelve candidates from across the country in the latest round of its “Young Guns” process. State Rep. Mike Miller, R-Orlando, who is challenging freshman U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., was included as a “Young Gun.” So was broadcaster Maria Elvira Salazar who is hoping to defend the South Florida seat currently held by retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. Salazar will face former U.S. HHS Sec. Donna Shalala, who led the University of Miami, in the general election.
U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, the chairman of the NRCC, weighed in on the new “Young Guns” on Tuesday.
“We have no shortage of compelling candidates in our Young Guns program,” said Stivers. “I’m thrilled to support this impressive, diverse group and look forward to welcoming them to Congress, where we can continue working to protect our communities and ease Americans’ cost of living.”
After Murphy upset longtime U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., two years ago, Miller represents the best chance Republicans have to flip a congressional seat come November. On paper, Shalala offers one of the best chances Democrats have in the nation to take a seat from the GOP.
There are also other congressional races in Florida that are expected to be competitive with Democrats having high hopes that Lauren Baer can defeat freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., in November. Democrats are also targeting U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., in South Florida. With U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., running for governor, Republicans hope veteran and former Dick Cheney aide Mike Waltz can defend that seat from Democrat Nancy Soderberg who served as a deputy national security advisor to President Bill Clinton.