News Politics: In Florida’s Senate contest, four Democrats are vying to unseat Republican Senator Marco Rubio, but polls indicate Congresswoman Val Demings is the favourite to win the party’s primary nomination. The White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate are all under Democratic control. But the Republicans would hold a majority if they managed to pick up only one additional seat. This means that the balance of power might be affected by every Senate election this November. And for that reason, the Florida Senate campaign is receiving widespread media coverage. “Right now, the balance of power in Congress, particularly the Senate, is quite precarious. We have 48 Democrats, 48 Republicans, and two independents who often support the Democratic Party. However, in this instance, several states, including Florida,
While midterm elections typically do not have as high voter turnout as presidential elections, it is a gubernatorial election year for Florida. Demings touts her record as a former police chief, while Rubio says he’s gotten more of his legislation passed in Congress.
In Florida there are more than 14.3 million active registered voters. Nearly 5.2 million are Republicans and nearly 5 million are Democrats. The rest have no party affiliation, or are registered to minor parties. Pavelka says the November election will be “highly contentious.” “With recent polling that we have seen, Demings and Rubio are really neck-and-neck at about 45%,” she said.
Pavelka says there are several issues at play in the election including abortion and the economy.