Politics Demings raises $1 million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio
Marco Rubio Calls Val Demings an 'Extremist' After She Announces 2022 Senate Run
The Florida senator opened his video by saying, "I've always known that my opponent for the Senate was going to be a far-left, liberal Democrat."In a taped message, Rubio, who has held office since 2011, responded to Demings' announcement that she will seek the Democratic nomination, calling her a "do-nothing House member." He also said she was "ineffective," "far left and extremist.
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) raised $1 million for her nascent Senate bid in the day after she announced that she plans to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in 2022, according to a person familiar with the campaign's fundraising.
The $1 million figure is staggering for a candidate, especially in a year without any regularly scheduled federal elections. It's an early sign of momentum for Demings, a rising Democratic star who is seen as the favorite in the budding primary to take on Rubio next year.
But with 10 media markets and a population that exceeds that of New York state, Florida is known for expensive campaigns, putting pressure on Demings to quickly amass a warchest that can compete with that of Rubio, whose Senate campaign reported having nearly $4 million on hand at the end of March.
To Beat Marco Rubio, Val Deming's Inner Circle Says She Must 'Double Down' on Latinos, Rebut Socialism
A Demings advisor said that from the outset her operation understands the critical importance of speaking to Latino voters or risk the failures that have doomed the party in Florida.Representative Val Demings will have to avoid that mistake, and other political landmines with Latinos, after announcing that she is "seriously considering" running against incumbent Senator Marco Rubio in a state that has only become more unfriendly terrain for Democrats since then.
Demings has seen her national profile expand significantly over the past year. Last summer, she made President Biden's shortlist of potential running mates. In February, she served as one of the House impeachment managers in former President Trump's second Senate trial.
For months, she was believed to be eyeing a challenge to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in 2022. But she said last month that she was considering a bid against Rubio instead. On Wednesday, she formally jumped into the race.
Florida is among the most volatile battleground states in the country. But Democrats have struggled there in recent years. Trump carried the state twice, first in 2016 and again in 2020. Meanwhile, the 2018 midterm elections saw the defeat of former Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum.
Democrats are particularly eager to oust Rubio, who ran unsuccessfully in 2016 for the Republican presidential nomination and is seen as a potential contender for the job in 2024. Democrats are also scrambling to expand their ultra-narrow majority in the Senate, and a victory in Florida next year would be a major step toward that goal.
Rachel Lindsay’s Most Critical Quotes About the ‘Bachelor’ Franchise .
Rachel Lindsay is ready for change. The former Bachelorette has never been afraid to speak up about her issues with the Bachelor franchise. The attorney first appeared on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor in 2017. While she scored the first impression rose and made it to the final three, Viall ultimately picked Vanessa Grimaldi over runner-up Raven Gates. (Viall and Grimaldi split less than a year after the finale aired.) Lindsay went on to be named the first African American lead as the season 13 Bachelorette. While she found love with now-husband Bryan Abasolo, Lindsay was upset with the way the franchise portrayed their love story as the focus was on her popular runner-up Peter Kraus. “The Bachelor franchise does believe in happy endings — some people get an on-camera happy ending, some people get on off-camera happy ending, and some people get both,” she wrote in her Bachelorette season 14 finale blog for Us Weekly. “As for my happy ending, it was not demonstrated within the confines of your television screens, but I am living it every day in real life.” Lindsay made headlines again in 2019 when Peter Weber was named the Bachelor over Mike Johnson, whom many fans had campaigned to become the first black Bachelor. She also criticized the show for not reflecting real life. “I honestly don’t know how much longer the show can survive in this day and age, just to be honest, because social media spoils so many things,”Lindsay told the Associated Press in March 2020.