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With Safe Districts Gone, Two Florida Lawmakers Taking Their Time on 2016 Decision

Webster has not announced whether he will run for Congress again in another Florida district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In Florida, where a court imposed a new map in December, two lawmakers who had their safe seats swept out from under them have yet to announce their electoral plans ahead of a June 24 filing deadline.  

In contrast, it took only about a month for Virginia Republican Rep. J. Randy Forbes to announce this week that he would switch districts after a court in January imposed a new map that skewed his 4th District in favor of Democrats.  

Florida Democrats Make Gains With Court-Approved Congressional Map

Brown, right, has threatened to challenge Florida's new map in the Supreme Court. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

By declaring finality in the legal fight over the Sunshine State's congressional map, the Florida Supreme Court’s decision added uncertainty to the political one in 2016.

The court on Wednesday approved a new map, writing in a 5-2 opinion that the lines “ should bring much needed finality ” to the redistricting drama that has plagued Florida for four years.

House Democrats Have Mixed Reaction to Florida Redistricting Ruling

Brown, right, blasted the ruling in the Florida redistricting case. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats on Capitol Hill expressed mixed reactions Friday to a new court ruling that declared Florida's congressional map unconstitutional.  

A judge ruled Thursday that the Sunshine State's 5th and 10th Districts, held by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown and Republican Rep. Daniel Webster were unconstitutional  — effectively tossing out the entire map drawn by Republicans in 2012.  

No Surprises in Florida House Races

Every House race but one has been called in the Sunshine State, and there have been no surprises.

But firebrand Rep. Allen West (R) remained locked in a razor-tight contest with businessman Patrick Murphy (D) in Florida's 18th district. With 96.4 percent of precincts reporting, West led with 50.2 percent to Murphy's 49.8 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Liberal Super PACs Announce New House Race Advertising

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle is among the Republicans being targeted by a new liberal super PAC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A super PAC led by Jonathan Soros, the son of liberal financier George Soros, today announced the eight lawmakers it will target via direct mail, phone contact and Internet advertising.

The New York Times has described the group, Friends of Democracy, as “The Super PAC That Aims to End Super PACs.” Earlier this year, the Times reported that the group was targeting “10 to 15 House lawmakers whose records and public statements have not been supportive of what Mr. Soros calls a system of ‘citizen-led’ elections.”

Florida: Val Demings Goes Up With First TV Spot

Democrat Val Demings, running against freshman GOP Rep. Daniel Webster in Florida's 10th district, began airing her first television ad today.

The former Orlando police chief introduces voters to her story and frames herself as beyond partisanship in the spot. It's a compelling story and the right message for a Democrat in the Republican-leaning district, but her chances of coming to Congress remain something of a long shot.