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August 14, 2012

Florida: Big Win for Alan Grayson in Tonight’s GOP Primary

Florida: Big Win for Alan Grayson in Tonights GOP Primary

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sunshine State voters chose their nominees for the House today. And although former Rep. Alan Grayson didn’t have a primary opponent in the 9th district, the Democratic nominee for the Orlando-area seat came away a winner.

The outspoken former Congressmen and his Democratic allies have worked hard and spent good money to ensure he faces an opponent other than Osceola County Commissioner John “Q” Quinones, who would have been the strongest GOP candidate in the Democratic-leaning district. Their work paid off.

Attorney Todd Long won tonight’s GOP primary. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Long had 47 percent of the vote to Quinones’ 28 percent, the Associated Press reported.

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June 29, 2012

Florida: Ron DeSantis Goes on TV

Congressional candidate Ron DeSantis, who has recently received a series of impressive endorsements in his bid for the GOP nomination in Florida’s open 6th district, went on TV recently with a simple direct-to-camera ad.

“Politicians play by their own set of rules, we pay the tab,” he says, standing in what appears to be a living room. “They spend us into oblivion, yet they give themselves generous pay and benefits. Worst of all, they disregard their oath to the Constitution. This has to stop,” he says, as light patriotic music begins to play.

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June 26, 2012

Florida: Ron DeSantis Gets Club for Growth Endorsement

If endorsements equal momentum, Florida Congressional candidate Ron DeSantis has it.

Running for the GOP nomination in the open coastal 6th district, he picked up the nod from the PAC of the powerful anti-tax Club for Growth today. On Monday, tea-party-affiliated Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) gave DeSantis his endorsement. Last week, former Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), now the Sunshine State’s commissioner of agriculture, gave DeSantis his endorsement. And last month, FreedomWorks gave DeSantis its nod.

“Ron DeSantis is a principled conservative and America desperately needs him in Washington,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement. “Ron will fight to cut spending, balance the budget, and reform our nearly bankrupt entitlement system. We need more citizen-legislators like Ron who will stand up to both parties and make the hard choices to save our country from fiscal ruin. The Club for Growth PAC strongly endorses Ron DeSantis for Congress.” Full story

June 21, 2012

Florida: Adam Putnam Endorses Ron DeSantis

Congressional candidate Ron DeSantis, in a competitive open-seat race for the GOP nomination in the 6th district, today picked up the endorsement of former Rep. Adam Putnam, the Sunshine State’s  commissioner of agriculture.

“Ron DeSantis is a true conservative we can trust to reform Washington, D.C. I’m happy to endorse Ron because I know that he understands we need to get our economy going again by reducing the reach of government and lowering the burden it places on our job creators and innovators,” Putnam said.

“Trying to reform Congress is a job I’m all too familiar with, and we need dedicated conservatives like Ron to stand up for our values now more than ever,” he added. Full story

May 21, 2012

Florida: Ron DeSantis Gets FreedomWorks PAC Nod

UPDATED 5:27 p.m. | Congressional candidate Ron DeSantis today picked up the endorsement of FreedomWorks PAC in his race for the GOP nomination in Florida’s open and strongly Republican 6th district.

“Ron DeSantis is the perfect example of a constitutionally-limited government candidate,” FreedomWorks PAC Executive Director Max Pappas said in a statement.

DeSantis, a retired active duty Navy JAG officer and current Navy reservist, faces a competitive primary with state Rep. Fred Costello, former Ruth’s Chris CEO Craig Miller, Jacksonville City Councilman Richard Clark and others.

Roll Call rates the district as Safe Republican. Much of the newly configured 6th district is currently represented by Rep. John Mica, who is running in a Member-vs.-Member primary in Florida’s 7th.

April 17, 2012

Florida: State Rep. Costello Joins 6th District Race

State Rep. Fred Costello (R-Fla.), a former mayor of the city of Ormond Beach, announced a long-expected campaign for Congress on Monday in the open and strongly Republican 6th district. Full story

April 10, 2012

Fundraising: Campaigns Begin to Release Numbers

Crowing campaigns are beginning to leak their first-quarter fundraising numbers. Generally, any campaign releasing its fundraising numbers this early is happy with its totals. Reports must be postmarked by midnight Sunday.

  • Mo. Senate: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) raised $2.3 million and has about $6 million in cash on hand.
  • Wis. Senate: Former Rep. Mark Neumann (R) raised $650,000. Although his campaign did not release cash on hand, the campaign noted that none of the money came “from Neumann himself.” Full story

March 14, 2012

Florida: Democrat Announces for 6th District Seat

Nonprofit CEO and Navy veteran Heather Beaven (D) announced Wednesday a long-shot House bid in Florida’s redrawn and strongly Republican 6th district. Full story

January 30, 2012

Florida: Craig Miller Drops Senate Bid, Runs for House

Former Ruth’s Chris CEO Craig Miller dropped his GOP Senate bid in Florida today, announcing he would instead run for Congress in the northern coastal district likely to be numbered as the 6th.

In a map likely to be similar to the final product signed into law, the district includes 72 percent of Rep. John Mica’s current district, though Mica’s house was drawn out.

In Florida political circles, Miller’s announcement raised questions about Mica’s future. But the Transportation and Infrastructure chairman’s office said he is running for an 11th term and waiting for the final map to be passed before making a decision about what district he is running in. Full story

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