It goes without saying that U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s (D) popularity and fundraising prowess is legendary in the State of Florida and has helped him finally make it to the U.S. Congress when he won his first federal election four years ago. But the 2020 presidential election cycle could turn out to be the election that changes the recent political fortunes of the Democratic party and its congressional candidates and leaders like Rep. Crist, Rep. Debbie Murcarsel-Powell, and other targeted House Democrats in Florida.
Crist is one of the top targets for the NRCC and national Republicans and is expected to face a tough reelection challenge from whoever wins the Republican primary race in Floridian’s 13th congressional district.
Amanda Makki and Anna Paulina Luna have positioned themselves as the top two potential Republican congressional nominees that will face off against Crist in November. Both women have been throwing jabs and haymakers at Crist and his positions and votes he has taken, including his full-throated support for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s political agenda, which includes the most recently COVID-19 funding bill that allocates taxpayer dollars to bail out illegal aliens.
Makki took to Twitter to call out Crist over his support to fund the measure of bailing out illegal aliens, stating “Don’t let @CharlieCrist and @TeamPelosi give relief funding to illegal immigrants!”
Both the Makki and Luna campaigns have been hampered by the COVID-19 shutdown, but it appears that as the state of Florida continues to reopen, the political campaigns should be in full swing in the following weeks. Makki plans on reopening her campaign office this coming weekend. As far as who has the advantage right now in this congressional race, Rep. Crist appears to be the frontrunner to regain his seat due to money raised. According to the latest FEC reports, Crist has raised this election cycle $1.8 million and has $2.9 million cash on hand.
Makki leads Luna with $747,000 raised, of that $600,000 is cash on hand. Luna has raised $370,000 and has $146,000 cash on hand. But even though Crist will likely outraise his Republican opponents, it is expected that the NRCC and outside political groups will infuse millions of dollars to defeat Crist. A source close to The Floridian said that the race could cost Republicans upwards of $6,000,000 after the dust settles on election night.