TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida candidates seeking a spot in the U.S. Congress are now qualifying for the 2014 ballot.
Federal candidates and judicial candidates could seek a spot on the ballot starting at noon on Monday. Qualifying closes at noon on Friday.
A handful of incumbent members of Congress quickly qualified including Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, and newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-St. Petersburg.
Florida has 27 seats in the House of Representatives. Eighteen incumbents have already assured a spot on the ballot for this year.
Florida's primary election will be held on Aug. 26. This year's general election will be held on Nov. 4.