Democrat Alan Cohn will face Republican Scott Franklin in Florida's 15th Congressional District. The district is currently represented by first-term Rep. Ross Spano. Spano lost his bid for re-election after being defeated by Franklin in the state's August Republican primary election. Both candidates have less than $150,000 in cash on hand remaining. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Democrat Alan Cohn is set to face off against Republican Scott Franklin in Florida's 15th Congressional District. The district is currently represented by first-term Rep. Ross Spano who was defeated by Franklin in the August Republican primary. Shortly after being elected to Congress in 2018, Spano came under suspicion of violating campaign-finance law over a personal loan he made to his campaign. He is believed to have borrowed $180,000 from two of his friends before making the personal loan for a similar amount, and is currently the subject of investigations from the US House, the Florida Bar, and the US Department of Justice. The candidates Cohn is a longtime Floridian television journalist. In 2006, he was awarded a Peabody Award for his multi-year investigation into a Florida company installing defective pieces onto Black Hawk helicopters. He previously ran in Florida's 15th Congressional District in 2014 where he lost to incumbent Rep. Dennis Ross by 20.6 percent. Cohn's campaign platform prioritizes lowering prescription drug prices, reforming the Affordable Care Act, and rolling back Trump's 2018 tax bill. Franklin is a 26-year US Navy veteran, insurance businessman, and Lakeland City commissioner, a position he was first elected to in 2018. His campaign revolves around standing against Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, lowering taxes, and standing against legal abortion. The district Florida's 15th Congressional District is located in the center of the state and occupies a swath of land between Tampa and Orlando. The district is home to the northern regions of Hillsborough and Polk counties, the southern edge of Lake County, and the cities of Plant City, Bartow, Lakeland, and Brandon. The district, which Trump carried by over 10 points in 2016, has not been represented by a Democrat since Rep. Jim Bacchus' retirement in 1995. The money race Franklin entered the race relatively recently, in April, and raised over $587,000, including from a $350,000 personal loan, according to Federal Election Commission filings. With $580,000 raised, Cohn and Franklin have accumulated nearly equal amounts for their campaigns. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Cohn has about $130,000 in cash on hand remaining– about $26,000 more than Franklin with $104,000. What experts say The race between Cohn and Franklin is rated as "leans Republican" by Inside Elections, The Cook Political Report, and Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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Summary List Placement The races: New Hampshire is holding congressional and state primaries on September 8,...Summary List Placement The races: New Hampshire is holding congressional and state primaries on September 8, some of the last congressional primaries of the 2020 election cycle. The most competitive race of the day is the Democratic primary for governor between State Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes and New Hampshire Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky to face incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who is running for a second term this fall. Climate and energy issues are factoring heavily into the governor's race, with both candidates hammering Sununu over his downplaying of climate change and his vetoing many climate-related bills. Feltes, an attorney, and former public interest lawyer, has served in the State Senate since 2015. His campaign platform emphasizes expanding clean energy and creating green jobs in New Hampshire, improving education and safe in-person leaning at schools during COVID-19, and bolstering government transparency and accountability. Feltes has been endorsed by Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire's 2nd District, many of his colleagues in his state legislature, and over a dozen labor unions in the state, highlighting his concrete achievements in the legislature extending healthcare and his work crossing the aisle, in his campaign. Volinsky is running a progressive campaign with his platform focusing on expanding healthcare access in New Hampshire, ensuring fairer wages and better working conditions for New Hampshire's conditions, and combatting climate change in the state, proposing a state-level version of the Green New Deal resolution and opposing gas-fracked pipelines. Before joining New Hampshire's Executive Council, which serves as an advisory board to the governor's office, Volinsky too led a long career in civil rights and public interest law, including representing incarcerated Americans on death row and winning the landmark Claremont School Funding case, which established more equitable education funding in New Hampshire, in 1997. His campaign has been endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 and 2020 presidential candidate from the neighboring state of Vermont, making him the last Sanders-endorsed primary candidate on the ballot this year. He's also been endorsed by some powerful climate-focused groups, including the Sunrise Movement, 350 National, and the Sierra Club, and local labor unions and elected officials. Whichever candidate wins this hotly-contested primary will face a tough general election race against Sununu with less than two months to go before Election Day on November 3. The New Hampshire governor's race is currently rated "leans Republican" by Inside Elections and "likely Republican" by the Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Also on Tuesday, there's a competitive Republican primary for US Senate to determine which Republican will run against second-term Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Bryant "Corky" Messner, a military veteran, lawyer, and businessman, is considered the frontrunner for the GOP nomination over retired US Army General and veterans' health advocate Don Bolduc. Messner, who has earned the endorsement of President Donald Trump, has raised $4.4 million and spent $1.9 million so far this cycle compared to $884,000 raised and $706,336 spent for Bolduc, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The New Hampshire US Senate race this fall is rated as "likely Democratic" by Sabato's Crystal Ball and "safe Democratic" by the Cook Political Report and Inside Elections for the general election. In the state's 1st Congressional District, former State Department advisor Matt Mowers, who has also been endorsed by Trump, and former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman Matt Mayberry will compete for the Republican nomination to face first-term Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas. Pappas, who won the race to succeed former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in 2018, is one of 30 Democratic House representatives representing a district Trump won in 2016. Pappas' seat is currently rated as "leans Democratic" by Sabato's Crystal Ball and "likely Democratic" by the Cook Political Report and Inside Elections. Expanded Coverage Module: insider-voter-guideJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What happens to animals during wildfires
First-term Rep. Harley Rouda will face Republican Michelle Steel in California's 48th congressional district
First-term Rep. Harley Rouda will face Republican Michelle Steel in California's 48th congressional district. The district...First-term Rep. Harley Rouda will face Republican Michelle Steel in California's 48th congressional district. The district is located in Orange County, the third-most populous county in California, and has been trending Democratic in recent election cycles. Rouda defeated 15-term Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in 2018. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. First-term Rep. Harley Rouda squares off against Republican Michelle Steel to represent California's 48th congressional district. The candidates Rouda is a lawyer and formerly the general counsel for HER Realtors, his late father's company. In his 2018 campaign for office, Rouda received $4 million from businessman and former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, according to the Orange County Register. Rouda went on to endorse Bloomberg's presidential campaign in February 2020. In 2018, Rouda ran against 15-term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, beating him by 5.4 percent. Steel, Rouda's challenger, is a South Korean immigrant and the current Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. She was previously on the board of the California State Board of Equalization. During the tenure of President George W. Bush, Steel was selected as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Her campaign platform revolves around lowering taxes in California, securing borders, and combatting the state's rising homelessness issues. The district California's 48th congressional district is located south of Los Angeles in Orange County. The district includes the cities of Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, and Laguna Niguel and portions of Westminster, Santa Ana, Aliso Viejo, Garden Grove, and Midway City. The district is the third most populous county in California. The 48th District is in a group of Orange County congressional districts that have rapidly trending Democratic in recent election cycles. Orange County, once the homeland of staunch Reagan Republicans, has seen its voters turn away from the GOP under President Donald Trump. The 48th district went from voting for 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney by nearly 12 points in 2012, according to the Daily Kos, to backing 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 1.7 points. The money race According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the two candidates have raised similar amounts. Rouda, the incumbent, has raised $3.67 million while Steel has raised $3.36 million. With $2.8 million in cash on hand, Rouda leads his challenger by $800,000 as the November election approaches. What experts say The race between Rouda and Steel is rated as "leans Democrat" by Inside Elections, The Cook Political Report, and Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. SEE ALSO: A cheat sheet to the most important elections other than the presidential race taking place in 2020 Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
First-term Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell looks to defend her seat in Florida's 26th Congressional District
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