Election Update

FL-Gov: Democratic businessman Chris King has confirmed recent reports that he’s looking at a bid for governor, saying publicly that he plans to “make a decision in the next 30 to 60 days.” King doesn’t have any political experience, but his father, David King, was the lead attorney in overturning Florida’s GOP-drawn congressional map under the state’s “Fair Districts” laws. It’s not clear whether King, a real estate developer, has any kind of personal wealth he can bring to the race, but with many prominent Democrats considering bids, he’d need a lot to go right to have a shot.

● GA-06: The filing deadline for the special election to replace Republican Tom Price is at 1 PM ET on Wednesday, and two more credible Republicans kicked off their campaigns on Tuesday. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel hasn’t won an election since 2006, but she only narrowly lost the 2010 gubernatorial runoff to eventual winner Nathan Deal. Handel also ran for the Senate in 2014 and came just short of advancing to the runoff. In between those campaigns, Handel served in a senior position for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, and in early 2012, she helped convince the board to end its financial support to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. Komen soon reversed its position amid a national outcry, and Handel resigned.
The other new GOP candidate is Bruce LeVell, who headed the Trump campaign’s “national diversity coalition” (a group that allegedly did exist). LeVell, who owns a jewelry store, also used to serve as the chair of the Gwinnett County GOP, which is outside the 6th District. Several other Republicans are still considering, and we’ll have a complete rundown on the entire field once filing closes.


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