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Democrats in Washington are hoping they can increase their control of the House of Representatives this election year. In the Tampa Bay area, theyâ€™re targeting Gus Bilirakis in Floridaâ€™s Ninth District, and supporting Christine Jennings against GOP freshman Vern Buchanan in Florida's 13th District.
One race where they are not allocating many resources is Floridaâ€™s 12th District, where Republican Adam Putnam is seeking a fifth term in office. Heâ€™s running against Democrat Doug Tudor. Tudor retired earlier this year from the U.S. Navy, and acknowledges his odds of winning arenâ€™t great.
WMNF met up with Tudor on Labor Day at the Florida Fairgrounds, where other candidates and elected officials courted potential voters.
Floridaâ€™s 12th Congressional District includes much of Polk, as well as parts of eastern Hillsborough and a small part of Osceola County.