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Florida - 20th District

Incumbent -- Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) ; Running for re-election

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

Middle-class suburbs mix with beach communities as the 20th snakes through Broward and Miami-Dade counties as far north as Tamarac and as far south as Miami Beach. The district takes in part of Fort Lauderdale and accounts for about one-third of Broward's population.

In addition to western Broward suburbs, the 20th wraps around to reach some coastal northeastern Miami suburbs, with their golf courses and condominium developments. It twists through portions of Hollywood and Hallandale and moves south into Aventura and North Miami before jumping the Intracoastal Waterway to take in highly developed Bal Harbour and a chunk of northern Miami Beach.

Economic downturns have hit Broward hard. The collapse of the housing market in southern Florida resulted in high foreclosure rates, stagnating home sales and vacant residential units in the district. Residents and officials are concerned about widespread layoffs in the once-thriving financial services sector, and employment levels have not begun to rebound as they have in other metropolitan areas.

Two-thirds white 10 years ago, the 20th now has a decidedly more Hispanic flavor. A 10-percentage-point increase in the Hispanic population -- the biggest jump in the percentage of Hispanic residents of any district statewide -- and significant growth in the district's black communities mean that the district is now only slightly majority-white.

The 20th's large Jewish population makes U.S.-Israel relations politically important. Wilton Manors has a significant gay and lesbian community, and Dania Beach is a prominent gay resort area. Davie, with cattle ranches and horse farms in the central part of the 20th, has retained some of its rural feel. Democrats tend to win elections here at all levels.

Major Industry

Tourism, business services, retail

Cities

Davie (pt.), 84,064; Hollywood (pt.), 81,206; Sunrise (pt.), 70,981; Plantation (pt.), 67,850; Weston (pt.), 65,333; Pembroke Pines (pt.), 42,721

Notable

The BankAtlantic Center, home to the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, is located in Sunrise.

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