Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), a Republican stalwart in the US House of Representatives, is calling it quits after two decades of service.
With Ros-Lehtinen’s departure, her once-safe Republican-leaning congressional seat in the heart of Miami now leans Democratic, and is up for grabs in 2018.
Democrats are now poised to steal away this seat from the GOP.
Democratic congressional candidate Mary Marzee Flores, who is running to replace Ros-Lehtinen, has just announced that her campaign raised over $300,000.
Team Flores is boasting about her apparent fundraising prowess, saying that she is getting support from people of all walks of life, and could be considered the consensus candidate in the race.
“Mary’s broad support comes from well over 500 individual donors, nearly 1/3 of whom are female, nearly 2/3 of whom gave less than $250, and nearly 10% of whom gave two or more donations to the campaign.
A lifelong resident of Miami, Mary’s breadth of local support is shown by over 65% of her individual donors being residents of Miami-Dade county.” -Flores campaign press release
If Flores gets passed her Democratic Primary race, she would face the winner of Republican primary race,which at this point could turn into a brutal slugfest between Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro and former Miami-Dade School Board Member Raquel Regalado.
Barreiro is seen as the frontrunner at this point because of how well he has fundraised, but Regalado still hasn’t begun to campaign, so all bets could be off.
Both Barreiro and Regalado have extensive name recognition throughout the district and county,