With three weeks to go until the primary, Attorney General Bill McCollum is looking to reach out to Hispanic voters in an effort to catch up with health-care executive Rick Scott, front-runner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and since has moved to Florida, came out swinging Monday at the federal judge who struck down aspects of Arizonas new immigration law.
While the political spotlight remains on the close and dramatic contests for the governorship and the open U.S. Senate seat, a number of intriguing contests are shaping up for Florida Senate seats in both primaries and in the general election.
It appears voters in this district in Miami-Dade will be exchanging one Garcia for another. With Sen. Rudy Garcia, R-Hialeah, retiring due to term limits, former Rep. Rene Garcia, a Republican who served in the House for eight years, appears to be cruising back to Tallahassee. Rene Garcia has raised more than $317,000 for the race and has spent almost $136,000. With no Democrat in the race, he will face write-in candidate Alexis Dominguez come November.
With Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, leaving the Senate, voters in this Miami-Dade district will see a familiar name on the ballot -- his brother, Miguel. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, whohas served on the Miami-Dade County Commission,has put together an impressive campaign so far -- raising almost $491,000 and spending more than $121,000.
Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach is leaving the Senate to run for the Democratic nomination for attorney general and Gwen Margolis is the front-runner to take this seat which represents Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Incoming Democratic Senate Leader Nan Rich of Weston will have the chance to represent parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties for another term. She has no opposition. Rich posted solid fund-raising, bringing in more than $243,000 and spending more than $53,000 before sewing up the race.
Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, has represented parts of Broward County since 2006 and it appears that he will have his chance to serve his constituents even longer. Ring, who was praised by AIF for his work on port issues in the 2010 session, has brought in more than $105,000 and kept most of it -- spending more than $33,000so far.
With Ted Deutch having vacated this seat after winning election to Congress, the Democrats keep this seat covering parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. Rep. Maria Lorts Sachs, D-Delray Beach, is the only candidate who made the ballot. Sachs raised more than $60,000 and spent more than $18,000.
Having won in a special election in 2009, Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, has not drawn any opposition and so will continue to represent Martin County and parts of Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties for another four years.