Qualifying for Florida Elections Begins

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Now is the time for Florida political candidates to get serious about where they're running.

They have from noon Monday until noon Friday to qualify for federal and state offices. That includes the U.S. Senate and newly redistricted congressional and legislative seats.

The new lines, though, are expected to cause some office-seekers to change their political plans. Florida this year added two more congressional districts to bring the state's total to 27 because of population growth between 2000 and 2010.

All of the congressional districts and the 120 Florida House seats are up for election every two years.

This year, all 40 Senate districts also will be up for grabs as a result of redistricting. Normally, half of the Senate seats are up for election every two years.

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