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Wed Jan 3, 2018, 08:12 PM

GOP can't generate buzz for House seat in Florida, and some say it's unwinnable

WASHINGTON - The GOP's inability to find top-shelf candidates to run for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's U.S. House seat in Florida has some Republicans ready to write off the race and shift money and attention to more winnable contests.

The seat that encompasses Little Havana, most of downtown Miami and Miami Beach is now considered unwinnable by some Republicans in Congress and fundraisers who could infuse millions into a competitive congressional race, according to interviews with high-ranking GOP officials and potential donors.

Others are slightly more hopeful but caution that a Republican path to victory is narrow, especially in an environment where President Donald Trump's approval ratings remain low and Republicans brace for a potential Democratic wave in 2018.


Keeping Ros-Lehtinen's seat was always going to be a challenge for Republicans after the longtime Miami congresswoman announced her retirement in May. Republicans couldn't draw top-tier recruits, such as Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera; one announced candidate made national news for claiming to have boarded a spaceship with aliens; fundraising has lagged; and one of the top GOP candidates recently left the race.

"The seat is now going to go to the Democrats," said Raquel Regalado, a former Miami-Dade school board member and candidate for Miami-Dade mayor who recently announced she was dropping out of the Republican race to replace Ros-Lehtinen. "I think I was the only moderate who could have fought that fight for a bunch of different reasons. I don't think you're going to see a large GOP financial investment. They're looking for a moderate candidate, but I don't think they're going to find one."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-cant-generate-buzz-for-house-seat-in-florida-and-some-say-its-unwinnable/ar-BBHO54J?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=edgsp

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Reply GOP can't generate buzz for House seat in Florida, and some say it's unwinnable (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 2018 OP
Blue_true Jan 2018 #1
Wounded Bear Jan 2018 #2
iluvtennis Jan 2018 #3
mountain grammy Jan 2018 #5
BumRushDaShow Jan 2018 #4
Wounded Bear Jan 2018 #7
BumRushDaShow Jan 2018 #8
Sam McGee Jan 2018 #6
BumRushDaShow Jan 2018 #9
lpbk2713 Jan 2018 #10

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 08:21 PM

1. Good news, but people in Florida can't lower their guard.

We need to hold a US Senate seat. My sense is we will pick up a couple US House seats due to growth of blue parts of Florida and shrinkage of totally safe red areas.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 08:25 PM

2. I imagine there are quite a few new Puerto Rican voters in that district...

and they're gonna be motivated.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 10:10 PM

3. Indeed.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 10:34 PM

5. Yes!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 10:11 PM

4. Need to get every seat we can

Just need 24 to take back the House.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 10:02 AM

7. 24? Hell, I want to set the record for flipping districts in '18...

I'm feeling greedy.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 10:55 AM

8. I hear ya

I think the GOP flipped 60+ seats in 2010 so we need to get our seats back!!!!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 11:00 PM

6. That's one . . .

 

. . . how many more do we need?

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Response to Sam McGee (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 11:05 AM

9. Need 23 more

There were 3 vacancies (2 R & 1 D - Conyers). So assuming the D is no problem & the Rs get their R replacements, there would be 194 D & 241 R. Democrats need 24 total to get to 218 and if that FL seat is in play and we get it, then we would need 23.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 11:08 AM

10. Asshole Trump told Puerto Rico vaya al infierno.




That won't be soon forgotten.

No materr how many rolls of paper towels he throws at them.

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