TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida will send at least eight new members to the U.S. House during this year’s election – a number that could rise if incumbents lose in a handful of competitive races.
Once voting ends Tuesday, the state will likely have a third of its congressional delegation going to Washington as freshmen.
The reason? Four members are retiring, two sought other office, Democrat Gwen Graham is considering running for governor and Democrat Corrine Brown lost in her primary.
A court-ordered redrawing of congressional maps is contributing to the change. It’s part of the reason Brown lost her seat, and it put’s Republican Rep. David Jolly at risk of losing to former Gov. Charlie Crist in a district that’s become more Democratic.
Republican U.S. Reps. John Mica and Carlos Curbelo are also facing tough challenges.