SaintPetersBlog: The ten key Florida House races to watch in 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 


The once-a-decade redistricting process has helped create contested races across the state. In some districts, those races will play out in the Aug. 14 primary elections, while others will involve Republicans and Democrats battling into November.

Here are 10 House races that bear watching this year according to Jim Saunders of the News Service of Florida:

DISTRICT 120: With House Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, running for the Senate this year, Republicans are trying to pick up a seat in a district that includes Monroe County and part of southeast Miami-Dade.

But in a bit of political irony, the GOP could rely on a former Saunders aide — Republican Holly Merrill Raschein — to capture the seat. Raschein, who also worked as an aide to Saunders’ predecessor, Republican Rep. Ken Sorensen, faces former Key West Mayor Morgan McPherson in the Aug. 14 primary.

Raschein has raised more money than McPherson and also has received backing from some influential Tallahassee lobbies, such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Ian Whitney, who is a party state committeeman and has received support from groups such as the Florida Education Association and the Service Employees International Union.


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