Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday in Florida’s Senate primary, teeing up a general election battle between the congresswoman and incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R). The Associated Press called the race for Demings at 8pm ET.
The big picture: Demings, who was on President Biden’s shortlist for vice president, was first elected to her Orlando-area seat in Congress in 2016, after serving as the city’s first female police chief.
She won Tuesday’s primary over immigration attorney William Sanchez, business owner Ricardo De La Fuente and former member of the Florida House of Representatives Brian Rush.
Demings, 65, told Politico last year that she “received so many calls and texts and emails,” from people who think she should “run for statewide office and maybe challenge the governor, or challenge Sen. Rubio.”
She officially announced her Senate campaign in June of 2021 with a promotional video that emphasized her “law and order” credentials.
Rubio, seeking his third term in office, has won two elections in the battleground state, including one that followed a failed bid for the GOP’s nomination for president in 2016.
Demings and Rubio have already attacked one other in advertisements and Demings so far has raised more than Rubio, which is rare for a sitting senator, NPR notes.
When Vladimir Putin began his invasion six months ago, Ukrainians defiantly tallied each night their defenses had held. Now, Ukraine and its western backers are contemplating how far ahead the fighting could still stretch.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday he would not agree to freeze the conflict where it stands, with Russia occupying one-fifth of his country. Putin too seems intent on pressing on despite his own enormous losses.
In deciding to cancel some student loan debt, President Biden is carrying out a campaign promise that could leave progressive and working-class Democrats unsatisfied.
White House officials have told congressional allies that the president plans to cancel $10,000 in debt for many Americans, with an announcement expected today, according to people familiar with the matter.
Celebrities including Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Kevin Hart and Sylvester Stallone have been served with notices for exceeding their monthly water budgets at least four times, according to officials in California.
They’re among more than 1,600 people who have exceeded their water budgets by 150% as the state faces a water and drought crisis exacerbated by climate change, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District spokesperson Mike McNutt told Axios on Tuesday evening.
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