Democrat Representative Val Demings is reportedly planning to challenge GOP incumbent Senator Marco Rubio in next year’s election. Demings, who was once considered one of Biden’s top contenders to become his vice president was originally rumored to be considering a challenge to Florida’s popular Governor Ron DeSantis.
Fox News reports:
Demings’ run would give the Democrats a nationally known and high-profile candidate in the race against Rubio, who was first elected to the Senate in the 2010 Tea Party wave. Rubio, who grabbed plenty of national attention during his 2016 GOP presidential run, has already filled his campaign coffers ahead of his 2022 reelection bid.
“Val is an impressive and formidable candidate whose potential entrance would make the race against Rubio highly competitive,” a national Democrat with knowledge of the campaign told Fox News.
But National Republican Senatorial Committee communications director Chris Hartline told Fox News that “Senator Rubio will have a big win no matter who the Democrats throw at him.”
The congresswoman is expected to make her Senate announcement in the coming weeks, a separate source shared with Fox News. Word of Demings’ plans was first reported by Politico.
Demings is a former law enforcement officer who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 and also served as a House Impeachment Manager during former President Trump’s first impeachment trial.