Consider how different Fla.'s congressional delegation could look after today's elections

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The possibility of an almost radically changed Florida congressional delegation is one of the under-reported stories of this election.


We already know Republican Trey Radel will be replacing Connie Mack in Congressional District 19 and Republican Ted Yoho, not Cliff Stearns, will be representing CD 13.

It is all but certain Democrat Alan Grayson will be the new congressman for District 9.

Congressional District 22 is guaranteed to be sending a newcomer to Washington, whether that be Democrat Lois Frankel or Republican Adam Hasner.

So that’s at least four new faces in D.C.

Then there are the possibilities of upsets in CD 2 (Democrat Al Lawson vs. Republican incumbent Steve Southerland), CD 10 (Democrat Val Demings vs. Republican incumbent Dan Webster), and CD 26 (Democrat Joe Garcia vs. Republican incumbent David Rivera).

Demings is a longshot, but Lawson and Garcia are legitimate threats to pull an upset. Let’s say one of them makes it through, that would be five new faces from Florida headed to Congress. That’s fairly significant.

Of course, Connie Mack could also knock off Bill Nelson, but that’s just crazy talk.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.