Bilirakis’ Record and Chris Hunter’s Candidacy Puts District In Play
The Tampa Bay Times reported on the decision of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to target the 12th Congressional District as a winnable district. The District is in play because of the incumbent’s record on health care and taxes and the legitimacy of Democratic challenger Chris Hunter. As the Tampa Bay Times reported,
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has added District 12 to its Majority Makers list, a collection of 56 Republican seats across the nation identified with the potential to flip blue.
DCCC spokeswoman Amanda Sherman said Bilirakis' 2017 votes to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act and to pass Trump's controversial tax bill make District 12 a likely target. Sherman said the district also is in play because of the legitimacy of Democratic challenger Chris Hunter.
"There is a path for a Democrat there, and we think Chris Hunter can build on that with his profile," Sherman said of the district, which covers all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.