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GOP Maxes Out In Florida, Sets Stage For 2012 Fights

November 12, 2010

The election of Rubio will mean that there will be two Cuban-Americans in the Senate with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) being the other.

Rep.-elect Allen West (R) is one of two African-American Republicans slated to enter Congress next year, with Rep.-elect Tim Scott (R-SC) being the other. Including Rubio, that will give the Florida GOP five non-white members, by far the party's most diverse showing in the country.

Florida's Republican delegation will still feature only two women, Ros-Lehtinen and Rep.-elect Sandy Adams (R), compared to 17 men. Rep.-elect Rich Nugent (R) replaces Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R) in the 5th District, meaning the ration of men to women in the Florida delegation will stay the same.

Florida Democrats, meanwhile, will have four women and two men in their House delegation. That group includes two white women -- Reps. Kathy Castor (D) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) -- and two African-American women -- Brown and Rep.-elect Frederica Wilson (D). Wilson faced no Republican opposition in the general election in the district dominated by Haitian and African-Americans and currently held by Rep. Kendrick Meek (D), who lost the Senate race against Rubio and Crist.

With the loss of Rep. Allen Boyd (D), the Florida Democratic House delegation lost its only white Christian male member. Rep.-elect Ted Deutch (D) is Jewish and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D) is African-American.

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