With candidates for federal office filing their second-quarter fund-raising numbers this week, and less than six weeks until primaries, the battle in Florida for congressional seats is taking clearer shape.
With U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart running in another district, this seat is vacant -- and has drawn major candidates from both parties.
Having raised more than $1.7 million for her bid for another term, Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas has more than $1.2 million on hand. Almost $765,000 of her funds come from PACs.
Veteran U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat, appears headed for another term in Congress. With financial figures in from the second quarter of 2010, Hastings has raised more than $610,000 and has slightly less than $300,000 in the bank.
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.