The Cook Political Report acknowledged what we have been seeing on the ground by moving FL-06, Ron DeSantis’ seat and FL-16, Vern Buchanan’s, seat to lean R. Florida Republicans aren’t ignorant of the fact that historically the nation's ruling party loses ground in midterm elections. But rain or shine, Florida Republicans are fired up and ready to elect strong candidates in November.
From The Cook Political Report:
FL-06: OPEN (DeSantis) (R) - Northeast: Daytona Beach, Deltona Likely Republican. Even with GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis running for governor, this Daytona Beach seat is a long shot for Democrats at best. It's a working class retirement haven that voted for President Trump 57 percent to 40 percent in 2016.
FL-16: Vern Buchanan (R) - Southwest coast: Sarasota, Bradenton Lean Republican. In May, he went up with an unusually early ad touting his work on fighting the opioid crisis. And his bitter, close races against Democratic banker Christine Jennings in 2006 and 2008 illustrated that he's not afraid to spend millions of his personal fortune bludgeoning his opponents on the airwaves.
“We’re happy the Florida Democrats are continuing to fight against Florida’s success - including tax reform, job creation and a low unemployment rate. Between the growing infighting and their failure to come up with a positive unifying message, democrats should be nervous. As Florida republican enthusiasm rises, it continues to looks like the blue wave is going to hit a big red wall in November.” – RNC Spokesperson, Taryn Fenske