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The Florida Democratic Convention at Walt Disney World has featured a host of candidates running for Congress.

Former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, who lost to U.S. Rep. Dan Webster in 2010, was there with his supporters. So was former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings with her team.

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On Saturday, at the Florida Democratic Party Convention in Walt Disney World, Democrat Bill Nelson, the senior U.S. senator from the Sunshine State, said he agreed with remarks Vice President Joe Biden made about the state of the Republican Party.

In a speech to the convention on Friday night, Biden said the GOP had transformed, noting that the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls and the likes of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., did not congratulate President Barack Obama after the fall of the Gadhafi regime in Libya and the death of that strongman.

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Before being elected to Congress in 2010, South Florida U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson was a veteran of Tallahassee, serving for more than a decade in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. Speaking to the Florida Democratic Convention, Wilson -- wearing one of her many colorful hats -- tried to carry water for President Barack Obama before accusing Republicans of trying to suppress the vote.

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, took aim at Gov. Rick Scott in a speech at the Florida Democratic Convention at Walt Disney World on Saturday.

Wasserman Schultz attacked Scott, pointing to his low poll numbers. She called for Democrats to “pink slip Rick” in 2014.
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Former Gov. Mitt Romney picked up the endorsement of a leading Florida Republican for his presidential bid on Friday when U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, who represents the Panhandle in Congress, announced that he is backing Romney's efforts.

“I am proud to have Congressman Miller’s support,” Romney said in a statement. “He is a committed public servant both to the state of Florida and our country’s veterans and I will work with leaders like him to revitalize the state.”
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As he readies to enter the race to take on Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack called Nelson out on Friday in an open letter.

“Yesterday in an interview you said you have a lot of work to do," wrote Mack. “You couldn’t be more right. You do indeed have a lot of work to do to explain to the people of Florida why you have turned your back on them time after time and instead stood in lockstep support with President Obama’s failed liberal schemes.

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Despite being born in the Hawkeye State and winning the Republican straw poll in Ames back in August, Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is sinking in Iowa, home of the first caucus. Bachmann unveiled an experienced political team on Thursday as she looks to turn things around in the Hawkeye State to revive her faltering presidential campaign.

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Reports are coming in at the state and national level that Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack will enter the race for his father’s old seat in the U.S. Senate. Back in March, Mack had passed on entering the Republican primary field of candidates seeking to knock off Democrat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012 and backed state Senate President Mike Haridopolos of Merritt Island for the GOP nomination. Haridopolos withdrew earlier in the year, leaving a field of former U.S. Sen.

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A national Fox News poll released late Wednesday found that businessman Herman Cain has surged to the front of the pack of Republican presidential candidates.

Cain leads the field of Republican hopefuls with 24 percent followed by former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in second with 20 percent. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich takes third with 12 percent followed by two Texans--Gov. Rick Perry with 10 percent and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul with 9 percent.

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