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Florida - 17th District

Incumbent -- Kendrick B. Meek (D) ; Defeated by Marco Rubio, R, for Senate

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The black-majority and solidly Democratic 17th is a compact district that takes in part of northeast Miami-Dade County and a slice of southeast Broward County. It stretches south from Hollywood and Pembroke Pines into Miami, taking in part of Miramar and North Miami, and it includes an array of ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods.

The district has the state's highest percentage of black residents (56 percent), and after a decade of growth, Hispanics now make up more than one-quarter of the residents. The 17th is home to Little Haiti, the cultural heart of southern Florida's Haitian community, but the Cuban-American population is not as large here as elsewhere in southern Florida. Many residents speak a language other than English at home, and a sizable cohort were born outside of the United States.

Infrastructure is important to the district, which is home to Opa-Locka Airport, a general aviation airport. Miami International Airport is located just outside the 17th. Interstate 95 -- a major hurricane evacuation route -- runs through the district. Health concerns are a major topic for residents, many of whom are uninsured. In addition, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has hit the 17th hard.

Democrats win at all levels in the 17th. Seventy-one percent of voters are registered Democrats, and independent voters outnumber Republicans. Barack Obama won 87 percent of the district's 2008 presidential vote, his highest percentage statewide, and John McCain lost every precinct in the district.

Major Industry

Transportation, service, entertainment


Miami Gardens (pt.), 102,818; Miami (pt.), 77,377; Hollywood (pt.), 59,379


Opa-Locka's architecture is based on an Arabian theme.




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