representing Daniel Webster made it clear he would continue to run in Florida’s 11th congressional district after lawmakers approved a new neighborhood plannow signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Webster released a statement expressing his excitement for the new map. “I applaud Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature’s adoption of the congressional maps,” said Webster, a Republican from Clermont.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Orange and Polk Counties again and serve them in Congress along with Lake and Sumter. Central Florida voters know my background in fighting for conservative values, families and small businesses.
The new map, made by DeSantis staff after Governor vetoed maps drawn by the Legislative Assembly, made significant changes to Webster’s seat.
The new lines divide The Villages, one of the largest concentrations of Republican voters in the state, between Webster’s CD 11 and Florida’s 6th congressional district, represented by Rep. Michael Waltz, a Republican from Deltona. Webster will retain most of this community in Sumter County, but will lose parts of it in Lady Lake and southern Marion County. He’s also losing coastal voters in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties, all of which land instead in Florida’s 12th congressional district, where Rep. Gus Bilirakisa Republican from Palm Harbor, should run.
Meanwhile, Webster reclaims southern Lake County.
It should be noted that this includes his own house. Clermont was kicked out of the Webster District when the Florida Supreme Court in 2015 overturned a map approved in 2012 by the Legislative Assembly. The court determined that the map violated Florida’s Fair Districts Amendment.
It should be noted that Webster represented Florida’s 10th congressional district prior to the Supreme Court’s decision. This district became a Democratic seat now represented by Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat from Orlando. In 2016, Webster elected to run in the more conservative CD 11. Now he wants to keep doing it.
“I pledge to continue to work hard to reduce government spending, secure our border and protect our constitutional rights while opposing the radical leftist agenda,” Webster said.
According to the DeSantis map, CD 11 remains a safe GOP seat. About 55% of voters in the district voted Republican donald trump in the 2020 presidential election, compared to 44% who voted for the Democratic Party Joe Biden.
Right now, the race’s top fundraiser remains an internet provocateur Laura Loomerwho lost to the rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat from West Palm Beach, in the last election cycle. Loomer still lists a Lake Worth Beach address on campaign materials.