The court ruling over alleged gerrymandering in Florida could lead Rep. Daniel Webster’s (R-FL 10) district to loop in more Democrats, although it probably would not happen until 2016. “A Democratic strategist with knowledge of the matter said operatives are in communication with former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings as a possible recruit against Webster for this fall. Demings was the Democratic nominee against Webster in 2012, and he defeated her by a 3.5 percent margin.”
If the state’s districts were to be redrawn this cycle, it could reopen the candidate filing window, allowing Democrats to field a candidate against Rep. David Jolly (R-FL 13).
Rep. Corinne Brown (D-FL 05) said she believes the ruling violates the Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising black voters, even though other Democrats praised the decision, which said the state’s redistricting process had unfairly benefitted Webster. Still, Brown said she would “go all the way to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with making sure that African Americans are not disenfranchised.” (Roll Call)