Marco Rubio’s presidential announcement for the 2016 elections left a void in the Senate. And a pool of contenders for his Senate seat is rapidly expanding, the Republican Party boasting a list of several alleged candidates.
Mr. Rubio’s assets are on the table: he aims to bring the White House back to the vested Republican interests making use of his undeniable skills as a persuasive speaker, his charisma and his extensive governmental experience. Add his Hispanic background and the constituency for his presidential bid might increase considerably.
Nevertheless, his present seat presents as much interest as his presidential run. Occupying the Senate seat in 2016 is already shaping up a heated race with spearhead contestants.
Among them, the US Representative Ron DeSantis made his official candidacy bid on Wednesday. Only 36 years of age, DeSantis comes from Ponte Vedra Beach and he currently serves on the House Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
So far, Mr. DeSantis’ record is remarkable. His Congress times date to 2013 and his conservative voting has hit a record. Against this background, it is worth mentioning that he graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School and is a US Navy veteran.
The first Republican candidate to announce a bid for the Senate 2016 is starting his campaign with a declared 1 million dollar coming from his House campaign account. Ron DeSantis is so far endorsed by FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and the Senate Conservative Fund, to enumerate just two activist groups and a political action committee. In line with the ideas that drive the work of his endorsers, Mr. DeSantis declared on Wednesday that:
“America needs a new generation of leaders to address the big issues facing the country: alleviating the middle class squeeze and promoting economic opportunity, confronting the significant national security challenges threatening the safety of our people, and reforming the culture of Washington, D.C.”
Ron DeSantis might be the first to announce his Senate candidacy for 2016, yet he will not be alone on the stage for long. Republican Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera is reported to have started contacting donors and gathering support, indicating his strong interest in the vetted Senate seat. At this point it is expected that with an official candidacy announcement, Mr. Cantera will have a larger constituency base than Mr. DeSantis in Florida. These votes are expected to come from South Florida in particular.
Still, if taken together, the two Republicans pose a great issue to the Democratic Party. Both DeSantis and Lopez-Cantera boast Hispanic background. For the Democrats who have so far been gathering important votes in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, this aspect might prove problematic. To the conservative votes in Southwest and North Florida, a new conservative base might emerge.
Other GOP members that have expressed interest in the Senate seat but so far haven’t made any official announcements are US Representative Jeff Miller and Senator Don Gaetz. The list grows with US Representative David Jolly and former Attorney General of the US, General Bill McCollum.
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