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Is Pam Keith running for Congress, or still in Senate campaign mode?

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Is Pam Keith running for Congress, or is she still seeking a U.S. Senate seat?

In a new fundraising email to supporters, Keith – who recently announced a bid for Florida’s 18th Congressional District – flaunts an endorsement from the Democracy for America chapters in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties. DFA is the progressive committee founded in 2004 by former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, which boasts more than one million members.

After losing a U.S. Senate bid in 2016, Keith is now seeking the House seat of Palm City Republican Rep. Brian Mast, which encompasses much of St. Lucie and Martin counties and a part of Palm Beach County.

What CD 18 does not include is either Broward or Miami-Dade counties.

Of course, the endorsement would be most effective if Keith were still running a Senate race, but she is not. Out-of-district support is somewhat less helpful.

Keith, a former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General attorney who later worked for Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy, raised about $250,000 for her Democratic Senate campaign, ultimately getting about 15 percent of the vote.

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