Val Demings will challenge Marco Rubio for his U.S. Senate in 2022 rather than run for Florida Governor, several sources familiar with her decision-making process tell Florida Politics.
“Over the last week, (there have been) serious conversations and enthusiasm from leadership about her candidacy,” said a top Democratic fundraiser who has been advising Demings. “Announcement coming in next couple weeks.”
Demings’ decision to run for the U.S. Senate was first reported by Marc Caputo of POLITICO.
In Demings, many Florida Democrats believe they have the ideal candidate to run against Rubio.
“Val is a powerhouse candidate like Democrats haven’t had run for Senate in decades,” said one Democratic strategist who has worked with Demings. “She brings momentum and instant credibility in Florida and nationally. And she has a unique ability to overcome the typical Republican attacks.”
“Rubio is in for the fight of his…