Rich Nugent

New Member: Democrat Val Demings Wins in Florida's Redrawn 10th District
Redistricting made seat more Democratic

Val Demings, member-elect for Florida's 10th District, is seen here speaking at the Democratic National Convention in July, flanked by the House Democratic women. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Orlando’s first female police chief, Val B. Demings, is on track to fill the open seat in Florida’s redrawn 10th District, the Associated Press projects.

Demings led opponent Thuy Lowe by more than 33 percentage points with 0 percent of precincts reporting.

Florida House Primary Results: Contests Set in Tossup Seats; A Few New 115th Faces Likely Known
With redistricting earlier this year and many retirements, the Florida delegation is getting a makeover

Randy Perkins won the Democratic primary in Florida's 18th District, a tossup seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 10: 50 p.m. | With Florida primary races now settled, the general election can begin to take shape in the state's two tossup seats that Democrats need to secure the House majority.

In Florida's 18th District, which Rep. Patrick Murphy is vacating to run for Senate, the national Democrats' preferred candidate won. Wealthy businessman Randy Perkins defeated Jonathan Chane. Perkins poured more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign and is prepared to spend much more in the general. 

Florida GOP Primaries Will Shape Next Year's Conference
Five of the state's 8 open seats are safe for Republicans

Mary Thomas, Republican candidate for Florida's 2nd District, has the support of the House Freedom Fund. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a third of Florida's delegation retiring at the end of this term, open-seat races dot the Sunshine State's redistricted congressional map.

Five of the open eight House seats are in Safe Republican districts, which means the winners of Tuesday's primaries will likely be the next members of Congress.

Campaigning on Hold in Orlando
But shooting in Florida's 10th raises profile of former police chief, HIV-positive candidate

Val Demings is seen as the front-runner in the race for Florida's 10th District Democratic nomination. (Roll Call File Photo)

Val Demings, Orlando's former police chief, is running for Congress.   

But she spent the week since the deadliest mass shooting in America attending vigils and memorial services in her hometown.  

Democrats Likely to Bank Trio of GOP House Seats
Virginia’s 4th District, Florida’s 10th and 13th districts look favorable

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is poised to head to Congress as a Democrat. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has declined to run in Florida’s 13th District, closing the book on a Republican scenario to hold the seat. Baker's decision makes it all but certain that a third GOP-held district will go to Democrats this cycle.  

The court-mandated redrawing of Florida’s congressional map changed the 13th District from a competitive district to a Democratic-leaning seat that President Barack Obama won with 55 percent of the vote in 2012.  

Florida Republican to Retire From Congress

Nugent is retiring in 2016 after serving three terms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4 p.m. |  Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla., will retire from Congress after just three terms, he announced Monday, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.  

Nugent, 64, leaves vacant a safe Republican seat based in northwestern Florida. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won it in 2012 by a 19-point margin — meaning the Republican primary is likely to produce the next member from this seat.