Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) will enter the Democrat primary to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for Florida’s Senate seat in 2022, according to multiple reports.
Deming’s Senate run will add to a growing list of Democrat House members to leave office in recent months. The district has historically voted Democrat, but strikes yet another blow to Pelosi’s efforts to keep control of the House.
In addition, Deming had previously been rumored to run against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the next gubernatorial race. However, the current governor’s popularity may have led her to seek another option.
.@NBCNews confirms the Politico report that Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., plans to run for Florida’s Senate seat that’s currently held by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who’s up for re-election in 2022 — @mmurraypolitics
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) May 18, 2021
Many Democrats are already showing excitement over the news of Demings entering the race.
Rep. Val Demings is the candidate Marco Rubio has to fear the most because she herself is FEARLESS.
— Grant Stern is fully vaccinated (@grantstern) May 18, 2021
The congresswoman previously served as an impeachment manager of former President Donald Trump.
Demings will face Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) in the Democrat primary as she seeks to run against Rubio in fall 2022.