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October 20, 2015

Crist Announces Florida House Bid

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL - NOVEMBER 04:  Former Florida Governor and now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist as he concedes defeat in the Vinoy hotel on November 4, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Crist lost to incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Crist ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images File Photo)

Former Gov. Charlie Crist announced Tuesday he’s running for Florida’s open 13th District — giving Democrats a top-tier recruit in a prime pickup opportunity next fall.

Crist, the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, lives in the part of St. Petersburg which is now in Florida’s 14th District. But a new congressional map, awaiting approval by the Florida Supreme Court, would move Crist into what would be a Democratic-leaning 13th District.

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July 20, 2015

Florida Legislature Called Into Special Redistricting Session

Graham's district is likely to become more Republican in a mid-decade redraw of Florida's congressional map. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Graham’s district is likely to become more Republican in a mid-decade redraw of Florida’s congressional map. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida legislators were notified Monday that a special session will be held Aug. 10 to 21 to approve a new congressional district map.

In a memo to members of the state Legislature, state Senate President Andy Gardiner and state Speaker Steve Crisafulli said a map will be drawn and made public before the legislature convenes for the two-week session, where state legislators will have the ability to debate and amend it.

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July 15, 2015

Florida Redistricting Creates Giant Game of Musical Chairs

Jolly is running for Senate in Florida in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Jolly’s House district is likely to become a Democratic one. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The music has started in a game of musical chairs in Florida that will have sweeping implications for the state’s political landscape.

Republican Rep. David Jolly will likely announce a bid for Florida’s open Senate seat next week, the first implication from the Florida State Supreme Court last week striking down the state’s congressional map. Jolly’s 13th District is likely to favor a Democratic candidate after the map is redrawn, pushing the one-term Republican to enter the already crowded GOP Senate primary to replace GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who is forgoing re-election to run for president.

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March 3, 2015

DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

Luján is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap, according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Many of the 29 targeted Republicans represent districts atop the DCCC’s list of pick up opportunities in 2016. Democrats must net 30 seats to win control of the House.

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October 17, 2014

Are These 10 Vulnerable Members Lucky or Good?

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Sinema is running for re-election in a competitive district in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

All’s fair in love and … House races? Not so much.

Less than three weeks before Election Day, would-be safe incumbents such as Reps. Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Brad Schneider, D-Ill., are scrambling to win in partisan districts — while these 10 members are headed for victory in otherwise competitive districts.

Some are blessed with luck. Others create it for themselves. It’s your call which is which.

Here are the luckiest — er, slickest — incumbents of 2014, in alphabetical order: Full story

July 11, 2014

House Democrats Have Mixed Reaction to Florida Redistricting Ruling

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Brown, right, blasted the ruling in the Florida redistricting case. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats on Capitol Hill expressed mixed reactions Friday to a new court ruling that declared Florida’s congressional map unconstitutional.

A judge ruled Thursday that the Sunshine State’s 5th and 10th Districts, held by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown and Republican Rep. Daniel Webster were unconstitutional — effectively tossing out the entire map drawn by Republicans in 2012.

It’s still unclear if this means the map will have be redrawn before November. The Miami Herald reported Thursday night that a new map will not be used until 2016. But Democrats remain hopeful changes could come earlier and are making preparations for the 2014 elections to be waged over new lines in the Sunshine State.

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May 13, 2014

Democrat Withdraws From Competitive Florida House Race

The candidate aiming to oust Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., withdrew from the race Tuesday, leaving Democrats without a challenger.

Col. Ed Jany, who was running as an independent with the support of national Democrats, cited work obligations for his withdrawal from his short campaign — which lasted less than two weeks. Jany entered the race at the May 2 Florida filing deadline, shocking state political observers.

The announcement came four days after the Tampa Bay Times raised questions about his educational background. Full story

May 5, 2014

House Democrats Boost David Jolly Challenger

With a recruit now on board, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named Florida’s 13th District to its Red to Blue program, with an “Emerging Races” designation.

Democrats shocked House race observers as the Florida filing deadline closed May 2, unveiling Col. Ed Jany as the party’s candidate to challenge Republican Rep. David Jolly. Because of a voter registration issue, Jany will appear on the ballot as an independent — but, Jany has the full backing of the DCCC and no other Democrat is running.

“In just a few short days in the race, Colonel Ed Jany’s campaign has already generated enthusiasm among Pinellas County voters, and his strong start and the fundamentals of this district have earned him a spot on the Emerging Races program,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement.

The DCCC uses the Red to Blue program’s Emerging Races designation to highlight “candidates and districts that are making themselves competitive by running smart campaigns which are becoming increasingly competitive,” according to its website. Israel recently named Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., as chairwoman of the Red to Blue program. Full story

May 2, 2014

Democrats Field Recruit Against Jolly … Sort Of (Updated)

Jolly recently won a special election in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:48 p.m. | Democrats have landed a last-minute recruit, Col. Ed Jany, a registered Democrat, to challenge Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., this fall.

The party recruited Jany to run after Jolly won a high-profile special election in Florida’s competitive 13th District earlier this spring.

However, in a strange twist, Jany will not appear on the ballot on the Democratic party line because he just registered as a Democrat last fall — switching from the GOP. Because of the “Charlie Crist Rule,” as one party strategist called it, or “Sore Loser Law,” a candidate must be registered with a party a year before filing for office from that same party.

Since Jany falls short of that requirement, he must run as a Non-Party Affiliated candidate in the general election. Full story

April 28, 2014

Florida Democrat Won’t Challenge David Jolly in November

Democrat Jessica Ehrlich has decided not challenge Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly, the winner of a highly competitive special election last month.

“Washington remains gridlocked and broken. After careful consideration, I have decided to not run for Congress at this time,” Ehrlich said in an email to CQ Roll Call. “New and exciting opportunities have come my way which will help me better serve my neighbors, the voters of the 13th, and all Floridians.”

Ehrlich lost to Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District in 2012 and had already announced she was challenging him again in 2014 when Young died in October. But in the special-election race to replace Young, national Democrats threw their support behind former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.

Ehrlich subsequently suspended her campaign, and Sink later lost the race to Jolly. Sink has also since passed on a challenge to Jolly in November. Full story

April 16, 2014

House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program

Jolly recently won a special election in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Wednesday two more members to the ranks of its incumbent protection program: Reps. David Jolly of Florida and Tim Walberg of Michigan.

The “Patriot Program” supports the House GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents — a total of 17 members including the two new names. Full story

April 15, 2014

Democrats Lose Top Recruit in Florida House Race

(Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee in a recent high-stakes special election in Florida, will not challenge GOP Rep. David Jolly to a rematch in the 13th District this November.

“I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election,” she said in a statement released Tuesday. Full story

March 12, 2014

Steve Israel Lobbies Alex Sink to Run in the Fall


(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the aftermath of his party’s special election loss in Florida, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel refused to blame his candidate. Instead, he doubled down on her prospects to win in the fall.

“I believe if Alex Sink decides to run, she will win in November,” Israel said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. “We will do everything — and I mean everything — to support her in that endeavor.”

Sink came up 2 points short Tuesday against Republican Rep.-elect David Jolly. Whether or not Sink runs again is unclear.

“I did call her last night and left a message,” Israel said. “My message was, I think she ran a great race and if this election were in November versus March, I believe she would have won, and I encouraged her to speak with us about continuing this campaign to victory in November.”

“I have not heard back from her,” he added. Full story

March 11, 2014

Republicans Win Florida Special Election With David Jolly

(Courtesy David Jolly)


Republican David Jolly won Tuesday’s high-stakes race to replace his former boss, the late GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida, in Congress.

The Republican nominee defeated Democrat Alex Sink 49 percent to 47 percent, with all of the precincts reporting when the Associated Press called the race at 7:49 p.m. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 5 percent. Full story

March 6, 2014

Lessons and Regrets Precede Florida Special Election

With just days to go in the smash-mouth special election on Florida’s Gulf Coast, both parties are managing expectations ahead of what could be a narrow margin of victory.

The race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., is the most competitive special election of the 2014 cycle. Neither party is exuding confidence about the contest for the swingy 13th District, and nearly anyone who claims to have seen an internal poll says this tossup race will go down to the wire. Full story

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