The most notable of the Florida Primary 2020 results was the defeat of yet another incumbent member of the House of Representatives.
Ross Spano, member for Florida’s 15th District, lost his Republican primary on Tuesday, August 18. He became the eighth sitting member to lose their primary in the 2020 election cycle.
The GOP nominee is Scott Franklin, a local politician, who claimed just over 51 percent to Spano’s 49. Spano was first elected to Congress in 2018 in his central Florida seat which includes Brandon and Lakeland. His tenure will end after just one term with a cloud of scandal over him related to campaign finance laws. Franklin will face Democrat Alan Cohn in the general election.
Florida-15 Quick Analysis
That Spano lost his race is not a particular surprise, given the amount of attention this race got in recent weeks. Given the cloud of allegations he is under, Spano losing his primary was probably a good thing for Republicans hoping to hold the 15th District. It will be a tough race if the climate gets as Democratic as we think it might, but the Republicans should still be marginally favored.
Other Florida Primary 2020 Results
Kat Cammack won the Republican nomination in the open 3rd District race. Her nearest contender, Judson Sapp, lost to her by a margin of 25 to 20 percent in a crowded field. She will be a reliable favorite to win her northeast Florida district in November.
Democrats appeared to nominate Clint Curtis in the 6th District, also in northeastern Florida. He defeated Richard Thripp by a margin of 52 to 48. The incumbent, Michael Waltz, won with 56 percent in 2018, his first run.
A little further down in the 7th District, Leo Valentin was the apparent Republican winner, beating Richard Goble by less than 700 votes. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D), renominated unopposed on Tuesday, flipped the seat in 2016.
27-year old right-wing activist Laura Loomer beat back the rest of the Republican field to easily win the GOP primary in the 21st District. She received 42 percent of the vote while the second-place finisher, Christian Acosta, had just 25 percent. Loomer takes on Lois Frankel (D) in November; Frankel first won in 2012 and won unopposed in 2018.
Gregory Tony won the Democratic nomination for Broward County Sheriff over Scott Israel, the former sheriff. Tony defeated a field of five others, with Israel as his closest rival. The apparent final margin was 37 to 35 percent. Israel was the county sheriff during the Parkland/Stoneman Douglas shooting in 2018 and was criticized for his department’s handling of the incident. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Israel in 2019 and replaced him with Tony.