The seat vacated by former GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is up for grabs as both parties are still figuring out who will emerge as their standard bearers.
Democrats have a slight upper hand, as the party’s establishment continues to rally behind Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.). His primary opponent, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), is under fire over his hedge funds and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has called on the liberal firebrand to drop out.
But for Republicans, a crowded field of five hastaken shape. The conservative Club for Growth backed Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) while Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera got a huge boost from Miami billionaire Norman Braman who will helm his campaign’s finance team.
Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) and businessmen Todd Wilcox and Carlos Beruff are also running.
A poll from earlier this month found both Democratic Senate candidates leading the top three GOP candidates in most head-to-head general election match-ups.