Eyes on handful of narrow Fla. congressional races
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Democrats are hoping to cut into the Republicans' big lead in the state's congressional delegation.
Their biggest target in Tuesday's vote is Congressman Alan West. The tea party favorite is being challenged in a Palm Beach-area district by Democrat Patrick Murphy, a young businessman whose family owns a construction firm.
In Miami, incumbent Republican David Rivera is fighting to win a second term despite a spate of ethics violations. In the Panhandle, first-term GOP Congressman Steve Southerland is locked in a tough contest with Al Lawson, a longtime Democratic state lawmaker. And in central Florida, freshman Daniel Webster is being challenged by Democrat Val Demings, a retired Orlando police chief.
Republicans currently outnumber Democrats 19-to-6, with the state adding two seats this election because of its population growth.
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