Democrat Russell moves from US Senate race to Congress | Florida News

MIAMI (AP) — Democrat Ken Russell said Sunday he was switching from a U.S. Senate primary race against U.S. Representative Val Demings to a race for a Miami-area congressional seat.

Russell made his announcement via a TikTok video.

Russell, a Miami city commissioner, said it became clear that Demings – who currently represents Orlando in Congress – would likely be the Democratic nominee against incumbent Republican Senator Marco Rubio and would support her.

Now, Russell has said he will focus on a House District 27 run against freshman GOP Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar in one of Florida’s major swing neighborhoods.

“I’m getting into a race for Congress that I know I can win,” Russell said in the video. “We need unity. We have to be organized as democrats and we never are.

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Media reported that another Democrat, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, was also likely to run in District 27. There was no official announcement Sunday morning from Higgins about it, a political consultant who said she would discuss the race on Monday.

Two years ago, Salazar defeated incumbent Democrat Donna Shalala with just over 51% of the vote. The district has changed parties several times over the past few years.

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