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After the Primaries, Few Close Congressional Races in Florida

September 6, 2016 - 6:00am
Joe Garcia, Al Lawson, Neal Dunn, Francis Rooney and Carlos Curbelo

With the primaries over, Florida voters can look ahead to the congressional elections in November. There are plenty of new faces headed to Congress after redistricting and a wave of retirements. But most of the competitive congressional races in the Sunshine State were settled in the primary. There are only a handful of truly competitive races left in Florida’s 27 congressional districts and one of them is already in the books. 

With Labor Day marking the traditional start of the general election, here’s where things stand in the congressional races across Florida. 

Election Night Winners and Losers

August 31, 2016 - 1:15pm
Alan Grayson, Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

While there were a handful of upsets in Tuesday's Florida primaries, when the smoke cleared, most of the favorites went on to win. Still, after redistricting, there are plenty of new faces headed to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. Here’s a look at some of the major winners and losers.

Who's Going to Congress? Not Corrine Brown or Annette Taddeo

August 31, 2016 - 6:00am
Corrine Brown and Annette Taddeo

In Florida's congressional primaries Tuesday, there were nail-biters, landslides and bitter disappointments aplenty -- but frankly, few surprises. Here are the races of note.

Incumbents Fend off Challengers in State House Races

August 31, 2016 - 12:00am
Lorrane Ausley, Reggie Fullwood and Joe Gruters

Under federal indictment, state Rep. Reggie Fullwood was one of nine state House incumbents who successfully turned back primary challengers Tuesday.

Fullwood, a Jacksonville Democrat who is facing an October trial on wire-fraud and tax-related charges stemming from the alleged misuse of campaign funds, had about 45.3 percent of the vote to Tracie Davis' 42.5 percent with all precincts reporting in Duval County's House District 13. In the November general election, he will face Republican Mark Griffin, who won the GOP primary for the seat.

Stakes Are High in Florida Congressional Primaries

August 29, 2016 - 8:30pm
Corrine Brown, Dan Webster and Debbie Wasserman Scultz

Voters across Florida hit the polls on Tuesday to vote in primaries with a lot on the line in congressional races. After the latest round of redistricting, several incumbents retired and there are close battles across the Sunshine as Democrats and Republicans cast their ballots. 

Some Races and Issues of Note in Tuesday's Primary

August 29, 2016 - 6:00am
Protestors outside of Brian Mast HQ in Stuart on Saturday, demanding he return donations from Big Sugar

You may have other ideas which of Tuesday's primaries stand out in Florida. But from my point of view, after spending the summer traveling the state, here is a thumbnail sketch of some of the most notable races, local through congressional, I saw leading to the Big Day Aug. 30. 

Congressional Races


CD 18, Republican

The most covered congressional race this year in the Republican primary is CD 18 on Florida's east coast. This is the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy who is running for U.S. Senate.

Come Clean, Patrick ...

August 24, 2016 - 10:00pm

Why doesn't U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy own up? Act like a grown up. If he's under investigation, he should level with Florida voters.

Donald Trump Edges Hillary Clinton in New Florida Poll

August 24, 2016 - 9:30am
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump edges Hillary Clinton in Florida, a new poll shows. 

Annette Taddeo: Woes Pile Up for This 'Middle Class' Girl ...

August 24, 2016 - 6:00am
Annette Taddeo

Poor Annette Taddeo. She may be the CD 26 candidate the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee anointed in the primary, but she sure could use a lift right now. She's had a couple of very bad weeks.

Let's mop this mess up for her -- and for you, who must be wondering what's going on down there in Miami:

Hillary Clinton Beating Donald Trump in New Florida Poll

August 23, 2016 - 1:15pm
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has a solid lead over Donald Trump in a new poll of Florida, the largest swing state up for grabs in November. 




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