April 13 – Congressional Election in Florida’s 19th District
In the February primary to pick candidates to replace Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler, the results couldn’t have been different. In the Democratic primary, by far more voters participated as this is a heavily Democratic district and the nominee, Ted Deutch, won with 85% of the vote. In the Republican primary, Ed Lynch won by 56 votes – a mere .5% of the vote. Now these two nominees will face off in the April election and hope to attract many more voters to the polls.
Barack Obama won 65% of the district in 2008 and it would be more shocking than the Republican victory in Massachusetts if Lynch was to pull off the upset. However, Lynch worked hard to capture the nomination and will certainly make Deutch work to win the election. Lynch is a former business executive who moved from his own telecommunications business into the world of consulting while Deutch is a local attorney with deep ties to the local Jewish community. This latter attribute is quite important as the district has one of the largest Jewish populations in the country.
This race is only to finish out Wexler’s term. The winning candidate will still have to run again in the August primary, if there is one for this race, and the November general election.
To visit Ted Deutch’s campaign website, click here.
To visit Ed Lynch’s campaign website, click here.
To look at the money being raised in this race, click here.