On its face, the Florida Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to require redistricting in Florida helps Democrats, possibly giving them pick-up opportunities in the Tampa, Orlando, and Miami areas. But (m)uch will depend on the Republican-controlled Florida House and Senate, which are responsible for creating the new boundaries.”
The court ordered Rep. Corrine Brown’s (D-FL 05) majority-African-American district, which runs from Jacksonville to Gainesville to Orlando, to be redrawn in an east-west configuration rather than running north and south. That could put Brown in the same district as freshman Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL 02), or draw a significant number of Democrats out of Graham’s district. (Miami Herald)
In FL-13, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) is “strongly considering” running for Rep. David Jolly’s (R-FL 13) seat after the Florida Supreme Court required Jolly’s district and others to be redrawn in time for the 2016 elections. The ruling “nearly guarantees” that Crist’s home is drawn into the district and that it will lean more Democratic. (Politico)
Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch (D) and state Rep. Dwight Dudley (D) are considering bids for Jolly’s seat. Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker (D) is also considered a possibility. Welch said he “absolutely” agreed with the decision and that the more liberal southern portion of Pinellas County had originally been cut out of the district for partisan reasons. Dudley said he plans on introducing a bill creating an independent redistricting commission. (Tampa Tribune)
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (D), who had been rumored as a possible candidate, said he is not interested in running. (Tampa Bay Times)
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