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November 6, 2012

No Surprises in Florida House Races

Every House race but one has been called in the Sunshine State, and there have been no surprises.

But firebrand Rep. Allen West (R) remained locked in a razor-tight contest with businessman Patrick Murphy (D) in Florida’s 18th district. With 96.4 percent of precincts reporting, West led with 50.2 percent to Murphy’s 49.8 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Here are other competitive race results, as reported by the AP:

  • Freshman Rep. Steve Southerland (R) beat former state Sen. Al Lawson in the Panhandle 2nd district by a comfortable 5-point margin.
  • Freshman Rep. Daniel Webster (R) held off a challenge from former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings, beating her by 3.6 points.
  • Rep. Vern Buchanan (R) easily beat former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald (D) by more than 7 points.
  • Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D) beat former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R) in the open 22nd district, reconfigured to be significantly more Democratic.
  • Embattled Rep. David Rivera (R) lost to Democrat Joe Garcia in the Miami-area 26th district.

July 18, 2012

Florida: Vern Buchanan Up in GOP Poll

Florida: Vern Buchanan Up in GOP Poll

Rep. Vern Buchanan (above) is leading Democrat Keith Fitzgerald in a new poll of Florida's 16th district race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new survey from Republican pollster Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies found Rep. Vern Buchanan (R) comfortably ahead of his Democratic opponent in Florida’s newly configured 16th district.

In a horse-race matchup, Buchanan led Democrat Keith Fitzgerald by 22 points, 54 percent to 32 percent. It’s the same lead Buchanan had in a March poll conducted by Bolger.

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May 31, 2012

Florida: Vern Buchanan Reserves $4M in TV Time

Florida: Vern Buchanan Reserves $4M in TV Time

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) has reserved $4 million worth of television advertising time in the Tampa/Sarasota media market, locking in rates and placement in what is expected to be a very crowded media environment.

According to a memo from Buchanan’s media firm, SRCPmedia, campaign advertising will begin Aug. 1 and end on Election Day, with a “two-week hiatus in late August.”

The reservation includes a whopping 12,000 gross rating points of advertising on Tampa stations, the memo said.

Buchanan, independently wealthy, is in a comfortably Republican district, but a series of dark ethics clouds have been hovering over him.

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April 26, 2012

Florida: Vern Buchanan Has 22-Point Lead in GOP Poll

Florida: Vern Buchanan Has 22 Point Lead in GOP Poll

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) led former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald (D) by more than 20 points in a GOP poll of 16th district voters obtained by Roll Call.

The three-term Congressman led 58 percent to 36 percent. Six percent of the 400 likely voters polled were undecided in the survey conducted by respected GOP pollster Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies. Full story

April 9, 2012

Florida: Vern Buchanan Pulls In Almost $500,000 in First Quarter

Florida: Vern Buchanan Pulls In Almost $500,000 in First Quarter

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), under growing ethical scrutiny, will report an impressive $484,000 in fundraising receipts in the first three months of this year, according to an internal memo obtained by Roll Call.

The campaign had about $1.5 million in cash on hand at the end of March, according to the memo to supporters from┬áCelena Thibodeaux, Buchanan’s finance director.

It was unclear if the Congressman’s first-quarter campaign haul included contributions or loans from himself. A call and email to a campaign spokeswoman were not immediately returned this afternoon.

Buchanan, the vice-chairman for finance for the National Republican Congressional Committee, is seen as a top target by Florida and national Democrats, especially after a front-page New York Times story reported an apparently “widening” federal investigations into the Congressman. But his fundraising in the first quarter shows that he continues to have strong financial support and resources available for a campaign.

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February 28, 2012

Florida: Boehner to Appear at Fundraiser With Vern Buchanan

Florida: Boehner to Appear at Fundraiser With Vern Buchanan

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will appear at a fundraising event Saturday hosted by Florida GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan, who is reportedly under investigation by federal authorities.

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