Alan Grayson to Challenge Soto for His Old Seat

Soto has been doing his best to ensure he is poised to survive a primary challenge from Grayson, including some big endorsements back in March including getting the support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and unveiling the backing of every Democrat in the Florida delegation.

Grayson has denied any wrongdoing, but told WFTV he regretted abandoning a safe House seat for a chance at the Senate.

The progressive firebrand told WFTV 9 on Tuesday that he will be challenging Soto during the August 28 Democratic primary for Florida's 9th Congressional District, which runs from southeast Orlando to Kissimmee and Winter Haven.

Grayson is set to face Rep. Soto, the first Florida congressman of Puerto Rican descent, in a district known as heavily Democratic. "What I've done is ask the people", Grayson said. "I can run anywhere in the state". "If I hadn't run for Senate, I'd be in Congress right now fighting Donald Trump tooth and nail right now". President Donald Trump "is trampling on our democracy". He was questioned about a highly public and contentious divorce with his ex-wife and during the 2016 campaign for the Senate and was questioned about connections to an offshore hedge fund. "To quote former first lady Michelle Obama, 'when they go low, we go high, '" Soto told ABC News Tuesday. Patrick MurphyPatrick Erin MurphyFormer Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report Want to tie the NRA's hands? The medical researcher lost the primary that year to Soto.

Fla. Governor Rick Scott greets people as he holds a Senate campaign rally at the Interstate Beverage Corp., April 10, 2018, in Hialeah, Fla.

The Democratic Party, which backed Murphy's campaign against Grayson, was hoping to avoid another primary battle with Grayson.

"Grayson has never considered what's wise for Democratic unity when considering his actions". He was indeed popular among his constituents, who elected him to the new CD 9 in 2012 with 63 percent of the vote and re-elected him with 54 percent of the vote two years later in a Republican wave election that saw Democrats lose 13 seats nationwide.

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