Tom Rooney

Florida congressional races sending new faces to Washington

Florida will have at least four new members of Congress and possibly several more as the deadline to qualify for the ballot ended Friday.

Retirements and political ambitions are opening four seats, three first-term incumbents are facing strong challengers from within their own party, and several other members are being targeted by the opposing party.

Just two years after Florida sent 10 freshmen to the U.S. House, the state will again send some fresh faces to Washington. Republican U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lethinen, Dennis Ross and Tom Rooney are leaving office, along with Ron DeSantis, who is running for governor. And that means Florida will play a key role as Democrats...

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