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18 Races to Watch in 2018: Florida’s 7th Congressional District

Pundits expect a Democratic wave in 2018, but Republicans are optimistic that they can flip this seat from blue to red.

By NTK Staff | 12.29.2017 @2:00pm
18 Races to Watch in 2018: Florida’s 7th Congressional District

Political pundits expect there to be a Democratic wave in 2018, but the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has its eye on Florida’s 7th Congressional District as a seat they could flip.

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN: Incumbent Democrat Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) will be up for re-election for the first time in 2018.

Murphy defeated incumbent Republican John Mica by 3 points in a newly redrawn district in 2016, and Hillary Clinton won Florida’s 7th by a 7-point margin.

There are currently four people running for the Republican Party’s nomination in 2018. Businessman Scott Sturgill has raised more money than any of the other Republican candidates.

WHY IT MATTERS: In an election cycle that is expected to be a wave for Democrats, Florida’s 7th could prove to be the Republicans’ best chance at flipping a district.

Republicans have already started running ads against Murphy in the district.

Bloomberg News called Florida’s 7th Congressional District “a battleground within a battleground,” referring to how Florida is often a battleground state during presidential elections.

The Cook Political Report has Florida’s 7th Congressional District as “Lean Democratic.”

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