Florida's 10th congressional district is an electoral district for the U.S. Congress and was reassigned in 2012, effective January 2013, from the Gulf coast to inland central Florida. The district includes parts of western Orange County, most of Lake County, as well as a northern section of Polk County. It is situated in Central Florida, along the I-4 corridor. Cities and towns that are encompassed by the 10th district include parts of Orlando, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Windermere, Clermont, Leesburg, Auburndale, and Walt Disney World.
It is currently represented by Republican Daniel Webster. Due to redistricting after the 2010 census, this district was re-numbered, and slightly reconfigured from the former 8th District. It is considered a swing district, with a slight Republican-leaning advantage.
The former 10th district, during 2003–2012, covered areas further west and encompassed much of Pinellas County, on the Gulf coast of central Florida.
List of representatives
|District created January 3, 1963
| Sam Gibbons
||January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
||Redistricted to the 6th district
| J. Herbert Burke
||January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1973
||Redistricted to the 12th district
| Louis A. Bafalis
||January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
| Andy Ireland
||January 3, 1983 – July 15, 1984
||Redistricted from the 8th district
||July 15, 1984 – January 3, 1993
| Bill Young
||January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013
||Redistricted from the 8th district, Redistricted to the 13th district
| Dan Webster
||January 3, 2013 – present
||Redistricted from the 8th district
Republican incumbent Daniel Webster is running for re-election. His Democratic opponent from 2012, Val Demings, pulled out of a possible re-match to run for Orange County Mayor instead. Ultimately, she pulled out of that race as well. Webster was unopposed in the Republican primary.
On the Democrat side, three candidates faced off in the August 26 primary. The candidates includes former Eustis City Commissioner William Ferree, civil rights lawyer and Trayvon Martin family attorney Shayan Modarres, and former Navy Chief Petty Officer Mike McKenna. McKenna, a Walt Disney World security officer (49.9%) won the Democratic primary, and will face Webster in the November general election. McKenna spent only $5,000 on his primary campaign, a fraction of his two opponents.
On July 11, 2014, Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that this district, along with the neighboring minority-access District 5, was drawn to favor Republicans. On August 1, Judge Lewis gave Florida's state legislature an Aug. 15 deadline to submit new congressional maps for those two districts.
In the general election, Webster was a decided favorite, and ran only a few television ads. With very little money in his campaign funds, McKenna ran no ads, instead counting on a grass-roots, "door-to-door" campaign. Webster easily cruised to reelection by a margin of 62% to 38%.
Due to redistricting, the 8th district was renumbered to become the 10th district. Freshman Republican Daniel Webster sought re-election, and despite the renumbering of the district, would be considered the election's incumbent.
Val Demings, a former Chief of the Orlando Police Department and wife of the Orange County Sheriff, entered the race and won the Democratic nomination. Democrat Alan Grayson, who represented the district from 2009 until 2011, was rumored to be interested in jumping into the mix. However, he ultimately did not enter the race, and instead ran for the open seat of the new 9th district.
On election day, Webster won a fairly narrow 3.4% victory over Demmings to secure re-election. Webster slightly underperformed in the district compared to the top of the ticket, where presidential candidate Mitt Romney received 53.4% of the vote.
|Florida 10th Congressional District 2012
||Daniel Webster (Incumbent)
||Val B. Demings
Bill Young won re-election over Charlie Justice with 65.9% of the vote.
Presidential election results
- 2012: Mitt Romney 53.4%-45.7%
- 2008: Barack Obama 51%-47%
- 2004: George W. Bush 51%-49%
- 2000: Al Gore 51%-49%
Historical district boundaries
- ^ See whole Florida state map for 2013, with the 10th district covering Lake County, west Orange and north Polk County: h9047_35x42L.pdf Congressional Plan: H000C9047. Chapter No. 2012-2, Laws of Florida. www.flsenate.gov. February 16, 2012.
- ^ See 2013 borders of 10th district in Lake County plus north Polk and western Orange County in the 2013 districts map: H000C9047_map_ec.pdf, for the Eastern Central region of Florida. Congressional Plan: H000C9047. Chapter No. 2012-2, Laws of Florida. www.flsenate.gov. February 2012.
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