Florida Resources

Population: 20,271,272 (2015)

Filing deadline: May 4 (Federal) / June 22 (State), 2018.

Primary: Aug. 28, 2018.

Florida (R+2) is a swing state characterized by a large degree of immigration – both of Hispanics from the south and Whites from the north. It is 61% White, 14% Black and 21% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 29. Flo­rida is a swing state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 1 Demo­crat, 1 Republican.

Bill Nelson

Senator class 1: Bill Nelson (D)
Committees: Commerce (Ranking), Armed Services, Finance.

Democratic nominee: Bill Nelson
Republican nominee: ?

Rating Oct 28, 2017:
Tossup.

Status, May 23, 2016:
Lawyer, State Chief Financial Officer and Congressman Bill Nelson (b.1942) was first elected to the Senate in 2000. He won 55% in 2012.

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Marco Rubio

Senator class 3: Marco Rubio (R)
Committees: Foreign Relations, Appropriations, Small Business, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Marco Rubio

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
Lawyer and State Representative Marco Rubio (b.1971) defeated then-Republican Governor Charlie Crist (who ran as an independent) and a Democratic Congressman in 2010, with 49%. He ran for President in 2016, but withdrew in March after losing the primary in his home state. He was not initially running for re-election, but reconsidered and won 52% in 2016.

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Representatives: 27 Representatives; 11 Democrats, 16 Republicans. Note that the state’s Supreme Court redrew some of the Congressional districts in 2015 and that the PVI’s of the new districts are estimates.

Matt Gaetz

District 1
Representative: Matt Gaetz (R)
Committees: Armed Services, Judiciary, Budget.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Matt Gaetz

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status,  Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+22) covers northern areas of the Panhandle. It is 78% White, 13% Black and 5% Hispanic. The GOP held the seat with lawyer and State Representative Matt Gaetz (1982), who won 64% in 2016.

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Neal Dunn

District 2
Representative: Neal Dunn (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Science, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Neal Dunn

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+17) covers the eastern parts of the Panhandle and then runs south along the west coast. It is 80% White, 13% Black and 5% Hispanic. The Court’s redraw turned the district from a swing seat into a safely GOP seat. Physician Neal Dunn (b.1953) took it in 2016 with 67%.

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Ted Yoho

District 3
Representative: Ted Yoho (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ted Yoho

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+9) contains central, northern parts of the state and is 73% White, 16% Black and 7% Hispanic. It became slightly more Democratic in the redraw, but is still safely Republican. District veterinarian Ted Yoho (b.1955) defeated the incumbent Republican in the 2014 primary and won 57% in 2016.

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John Rutherford

District 4
Representative: John Rutherford (R)
Committees: Homeland Security, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Rutherford

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+19) covers the northeastern parts and almost surrounds Jacksonville. It is 80% White, 9% Black and 6% Hispanic. Former Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford (b.1952) held the seat with 70% in 2016.

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Al Lawson

District 5
Representative: Al Lawson (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: Al Lawson
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+12) contains most of Jacksonville and stretches along the Georgia border to Tallahassee. It is 46% White, 45% Black and 6% Hispanic. Businessman and former State Senator Al Lawson (b.1948) defeated the incumbent in the 2016 primary and won 64% in 2016.

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Ron DeSantis

District 6
Representative: Ron DeSantis (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ron DeSantis

Rating September 3, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+4) runs down the coastline south of Jacksonville and includes Dayton Beach. It is 80% White, 10% Black and 9% Hispanic. Lawyer and veteran Ron DeSantis (b.1978) was first elected in 2012. He was aiming for the Senate in 2016, but after Marco Rubio decided to run again, DeSantis dropped down to run for re-election. He won 59% in 2016.

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Stephanie Murphy

District 7
Representative: Stephanie Murphy (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeStephanie Murphy
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Tossup.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+2) cover northeastern areas of Florida. It is 67% White, 11% Black and 19% Hispanic. The Dems took this seat in 2016, when college professor and former National Security specialist Stephanie Murphy (b.1978) won 52% against the incumbent Republican.

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Bill Posey

District 8
Representative: Bill Posey (R)
Committees: Financial Services, Science.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Bill Posey

Rating, May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, August 31, 2016:
The district (R+9) contains coastal areas east of Orlando, including Cape Kennedy. It is 80% White, 9% Black and 8% Hispanic. Businessman and State Senator Bill Posey (b.1947) was first elected in 2008 and won 63% in 2016.

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Darren Soto

District 9
Representative: Darren Soto (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: Darren Soto
Republican nominee: ?

Rating September 3, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+4) lies south of Orlando. It is 53% White, 13% Black and 53% Hispanic. The Dems held the seat with lawyer and State Senator Darren Soto (b.1978), who won 58% in 2016.

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Val Demings

District 10
Representative: Val Demings (D)
Committees: Homeland Security, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Val Demings
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+9) contains Orlando and was drastically changed in the redraw. It is 44% White, 27% Black and 23% Hispanic. The district is now safely Democratic and GOP Congressman Dan Webster transferred to the much more conservative 11th district in 2016. The Dems won this seat with former Orlando Chief of Police Val Demings (b.1957), who took 65%.

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Dan Webster

District 11
Representative: Dan Webster (R)
Committees: Natural Resources, Science, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Dan Webster

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+12) covers areas west of Orlando, all the way out to the coast. It is 84% White, 7% Black and 7% Hispanic. The GOP held the seat with Congressman Dan Webster (b.1949) from the previous 10th district. He won 65% in 2016.

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Gus Bilirakis

District 12
Representative: Gus Bilirakis (R)
Committees: Veterans, Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Gus Bil­irakis

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+6) contains areas north of Tampa. It is 85% White, 4% Black and 5% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Representative Gus Bilirakis (b.1963) was first elected in 2006, taking over the seat from his father. He won 69% in 2016.

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Charlie Crist

District 13
Representative: Charlie Crist (D)
Committees: Financial Services, Science.

Democratic nominee: Charlie Crist
Republican nominee: ?

Rating June 17, 2016:
Leans Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+3) now contains all of Petersburg and has become a bit more Democratic than before. It is 78% White, 11% Black and 7% Hispanic. The Dems took it in 2016 with lawyer, party switcher and former Governor Charlie Crist (b.1956) who won 52%.

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Kathy Castor

District 14
Representative: Kathy Castor (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Kathy Castor
Republican nominee:

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+6) contains all of Tampa. It is 52% White, 19% Black and 26% Hispanic. Lawyer Kathy Castor (b.1966) was first elected in 2006 and won 62 in 2016.

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Dennis Ross

District 15
Representative: Dennis Ross (R)
Committees: Financial Services, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Dennis Ross

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+5) covers areas east and north of Tampa and is 67% White, 14% Black and 16% Hispanic . Lawyer and State Representative Dennis Ross (b.1959) was first elected in 2010 and won 58% in 2016.

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Vern Buchanan

District 16
Representative: Vern Buchanan (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Vern Buchanan

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+6) covers areas south of Tampa. It is 78% White, 7% Black and 12% Hispanic. Businessman Vern Buchanan (b.1951) was first elected in 2006 and won 60% in 2016.

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Tom Rooney

District 17
Representative: Tom Rooney (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tom Rooney

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+10) is quite large and contains central areas of the state south and east of Tampa. It is 80% White, 7% Black and 12% Hispanic. Lawyer and veteran Tom Rooney (b.1970) was first elected in 2008 and won 62% in 2016.

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Brian Mast

District 18
Representative: Brian Mast (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Brian Mast

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+4) covers parts of the eastern coastal areas and is 74% White, 11% Black and 12% Hispanic. The GOP took back this open swing seat in 2016 with businessman and veteran Brian Mast (b.1980), who won 54%.

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Francis Rooney

District 19
Representative: Francis Rooney (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Education.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Francis Rooney

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+13) covers southwestern coastal areas, including Fort Myers and Naples. It is 77% White, 7% Black and 15% Hispanic. The GOP held the seat with businessman and former ambassador Francis Rooney (b.1953), who won 66% in 2016.

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Alcee Hastings

District 20
Representative: Alcee Hastings (D)
Committees: Rules.

Democratic nominee: Alcee Has­tings
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+31) covers inner, southeastern areas. It is 25% White, 51% Black and 22% Hispanic. Former judge Alcee Hastings (b.1936) was impeached by the Senate in 1989, was first elected to Congress in 1992 and took 80% in 2016.

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Lois Frankel

District 21
Representative: Lois Frankel (D)
Committees
: Foreign Affairs, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Lois Frankel
Republican nominee:

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+9) follows the eastern coastline south from West Palm Beach . It is 67% White, 13% Black and 18% Hispanic. Lawyer Lois Frankel (b.1948) was Mayor of West Palm Beach when she was first elected in 2012. She and Ted Deutch in district 22 switched seats in 2016, due to the redraw. Frankel won 63% in her “new” district.

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Ted Deutch

District 22
Representative: Ted Deutch (D)
Committees: Ethics (Ranking), Foreign Affairs, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: Ted Deutch
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+5) contains Ft. Lauderdale and suburbs. It is 68% White, 12% Black and 17% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Ted Deutch (b.1966) first won a special election in 2010 and had no opponents in 2014. He and Lois Frankel in district 21 switched seats in 2016, due to the redraw. Deutch won 59% in his “new” district.

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Debbie Wassermann-Schultz

District 23
Representative: Debbie Wassermann-Schultz (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Budget.

Democratic nominee: Debbie Was­serman Schultz
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+10) contains the rest of the southwest coastal areas down to Miami. It is 51% White, 13% Black and 32% Hispanic. State Legislator Debbie Wassermann-Schultz (b.1966) was first elected in 2004. She was DNC Chair but quit right before the 2016 Convention due to the publication of emails that showed her to be less than neutral in the primaries between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. She won 57% in 2016.

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Frederica Wilson

District 24
Representative: Frederica Wilson (D)
Committees: Education, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Fre­de­rica Wilson
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 23, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+34) largely contains Miami. It is 14% White, 50% Black and 37% Hispanic. Teacher and State Senator Frederica Wilson (b.1942) was first elected in 2010 and was unopposed in 2016.

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Mario Diaz-Balart

District 25
Representative: Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Budget.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mario Diaz-Balart

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (R+7) covers a large area in the southwest of the state. It is 20% White, 4% Black and 75% Hispanic. State Legislator Mario Diaz-Balart (b.1961) was first elected in 2003 and won 62% 2016.

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Carlos Curbelo

District 26
Representative: Carlos Curbelo (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Carlos Curbelo

Rating June 17, 2016:
Tossup.

Status, Jan 15, 2017:
The district (D+4) covers areas south and west of Miami, including Everglades National Park and Key West. It is 19% White, 12% Black and 68% Hispanic. Businessman and School Board member Carlos Curbelo (b.1980) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2014 with 51% and beat the same man with 53% in 2016.

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

District 27
Representative: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Leans Dem.

Status, April 30, 2017:
The district (D+1) covers central and southern areas of Miami and suburbs. It is 24% White, 6% Black and 69% Hispanic. Teacher and State Senator Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (b.1952) first won a special election in 1989 and took 55% in 2016. She is not running for reelection in 2018.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: Tuesday after the first Monday of January.

The Governor of Florida and all other State Officers are term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years.

Rick Scott

Governor: Rick Scott (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Tossup.

Status, May 23, 2016:
Businessman Rick Scott (b.1952) won narrowly, both in 2010 and 2014. He is term limited, but is rumored to be pondering a Senate run in 2018.

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Lieutenant Governor: Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Tossup.

Status, June 22, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket. Scott appointed businessman Carlos Lopez-Cantera (b.1973) in January 2014.

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Jimmy Patronis

Chief Financial Officer: Jimmy Patronis (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Aug 21, 2017:
Businessman and State Senator Jeff Atwater (b.1958) was first elected in 2010 and took 59% in 2014. He resigned to become CFO of Atlantic University in late June, and was replaced by former State Rep. Jimmy Patronis (b.1973).

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Pam Bondi

Attorney General­: Pam Bondi (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 23, 2016:
Lawyer and Mayor Pam Bondi (b.1965) was first elected in 2010 and took 55% in 2014. She is term limited but is said to be considering a run for Governor in 2018.

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Adam Putnam

Agriculture Commissioner: Adam Putnam (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 1, 2017:
State Representative and Congressman Adam Putnam (b.1974) was first elected in 2010 and took 59% in 2014. He is running for Governor in 2018.

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State Senate: 40 (15D / 25R). Term: 4 year. Half elected in 2018/2020.
State House: 120 (41D / 79R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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