Floridians have two leading candidates to choose from in this year's race for a U.S. Senate seat: incumbent Republican Marco Rubio or Democratic challenger and U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando.
Rubio has not yet formally filed his paperwork; Demings officially filed to run last month. Demings, a former Orlando police chief, has represented parts of Central Florida in Congress since 2017. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, was first elected to the Senate in 2010.
The formal qualifying period for this year’s elections closes on June 17. The following endorsements were gathered from news reports and from the individual campaigns as of June 7:
Public figures: Democratic former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff of California.
Organizations: Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Collective PAC, Higher Heights for America PAC, Emily's List, Giffords PAC, Remedy PAC, Democratic Majority for Israel PAC, Human Rights Campaign PAC, Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, Florida Young Democrats, Florida College Democrats, Foreign Policy For America, the AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Jewish Council of America, Jewish Democratic Council of America, Amalgamated Transit Union and its 11 locals in Florida, End Citizens United/Let America Vote, League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, No Dem Left Behind PAC.
Public figures: GOP former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former President Donald Trump, fifty-five of Florida's 66 elected sheriffs.
Organizations: Republican Party of Florida, Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Police Benevolent Association, Pro-Israel America, Republican Jewish Coalition, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), American Seniors Association, Save America PAC.
Background provided by the News Service of Florida.