FLORIDA

Redistricting Ruling Shakes Up Jolly’s District, Could Be Trouble for Graham

Jolly is already considered a possible Senate candidate, and redistricting is virtually guaranteed to make his district more liberal.

Jack Fitzpatrick
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Jack Fitzpatrick
July 10, 2015, 6:20 a.m.

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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