By Susan Price and the Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post.
The Florida Battlegrounds as it's called is one of the most important swing states at election time and a very key state for the office of the President. Politics is big business in Florida and taken very seriously.
The U.S. House of Representatives elections in Florida will take place on November 6, 2018. Voters will elect 27 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the states 27 congressional districts.
The Republican Party holds 51 seats in the Senate. Democrats hold 47 seats, and the remaining two are held by independents who caucus with the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party faces greater partisan risk in 2018, as they are defending 25 seats(two of which are held by independents), while eight seats are up for election in 2018, are held by Republican incumbents. Four hundred and seventy seats in the U.S. Congress (35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats)
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Florida US Senate- Rick Scott (R) Former Governor vs Bill Nelson (D) Dem Sen. This election race appears to be very polarized in the sense that Democrats and Republicans are voting along party lines. It is also worth mentioning that it is nations most expensive U.S. Senate race with expenditures totaling in the tens of millions, and this trend is expected to continue as the November 6, 2018 race draws to a close. Moreover, in the Florida U.S. Senate race, Rick Scott (R) is slightly outspending Nelson and carries a slight lead in several polls. Prior to the Florida’s Closed Primary Election, President Trump tweeted out support encouraging Florida voters to get out and vote for Rick Scott (R). One thing for certain, all eyes will be focused on this epic clash for one of the most coveted positions in the U.S. Congress.
Florida Governor- Ron DeSantis, Conservative (R) Former U.S. Rep. vs Andrew Gillum unabashed progressive (D) Tallahassee Mayor, Note: Republicans have held the seat of Governor since the 1998 election. DeSantis was endorsed by President Trump, and Gillum was endorsed by progressive U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody(R) Former circuit court judge vs Sean Shaw (D) are competing in the general election to replace Pam Bondi, who is termed out. Bondi was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. This elected state officer who serves as the attorney for the State of Florida and responsible for the enforcement of state consumer protection and antitrust laws as well as civil prosecution of criminal racketeering. In the area of criminal law, the attorney general represents the state when those convicted appeal their convictions, including capital murder cases.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Matt Caldwell (R) vs Nikki Fried (D) This office is established by the Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 4. The commissioner of Agriculture is in charge of an agglomeration of 13 divisions and five offices involved in the regulation and promotion of Florida's agriculture and consumer services. FDACS agencies establish rules for the state's animal, aquaculture, forestry and produce industries, license producers, provide marketing support for the state's agribusiness and oversee emergency preparedness and law enforcement efforts covering the agriculture industry. In addition, the department regulates various consumer services businesses, including motor vehicle repair shops, charitable organizations, dance studios, pawnshops, telemarketers and several others.
Florida Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis (R) vs Jeremy Ring (D) Former State Sen. FCFO oversees the Florida Department of Financial Services, a conglomeration of state agencies including the Departments of Insurance, Treasury, State Fire Marshal and Banking & Finance. The Department of Financial Services, like the office of chief financial officer was created by constitutional referendum in 1998 and officially became active on January 1, 2003.