The 2016 Republican congressional primary race in Florida’s 18th congressional district could very well shape up to be one of the most, if not the most, contested primary races of the upcoming election cycle.
The GOP is hoping to pick up the Republican-leaning seat from outgoing Democrat Congressman Patrick Murphy, who barely beat then-Congressman Allen West (R) in 2012, and then soundly beat the GOP nominee, Carl Domino, in the 2014 mid-term elections.
What was very telling about Murphy’s 20 percentage point trouncing of Domino, was the fact that he was able to win in a Republican wave election.
Domino’s loss was the only nationwide exception for Republicans in closely contested congressional races.
Now Domino has decided he is running again in CD 18, and so are Martin County School Board member Rebecca Negron, and St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery.
For whatever reason, Domino believes that a 20 point election loss suggests that he has the necessary support to run for the same elected office in which he had his lunch stolen from him.
On member of the Florida congressional delegation even recently called Domino a “dud” and questioned why he would think about running again for congress.
This race is expected to get even more crowded, as Shark Tank can confirm that former Secret Service agent, and former Senate and congressional candidate Dan Bongino will in fact run for the U.S. House of Representatives in this district as well.
The fiery Bongino, who has significant national name identification, recently stated that he was moving to Florida because of family issues, and added that he was considering a run for congress to replace the outgoing Murphy.