October 25th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN 100: Neck and neck in a red district

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Florida 24th - Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D) is seeking a 2nd term
Date of Primary: August 24
Location: Some suburbs of Orlando, Eastern Florida's 'Space Coast'
Days until Election Day: 8

(CNN) - On paper, there are not many reasons why Democratic Rep. Suzanne Kosmas should be hopeful for re-election.

She's running in a district drawn in 2000 to favor Republicans, her 2008 victory unseated a Republican who'd held the seat since its inception, former President George W. Bush received 55 percent of the vote in 2004, Sen. John McCain won 51 percent of the vote four years later and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced two weeks ago that it would abandon $650,000 in planned ad buys for her.

But earlier this month, Kosmas was endorsed by two of the three newspapers in her district; the third had previously announced it wouldn't endorse anyone in the race. And despite having nearly one million dollars worth of ads aired against her, the partisan polls taken in the district all show Kosmas either statistically tied with or within reach of her challenger, former state rep. Sandy Adams.

Adams, who narrowly won a four-way primary battle with a 30 percent plurality, is seeking to return the district to the GOP and running on a conservative set of ideals that includes eliminating the Internal Revenue Service and blocking so-called "cap and trade" legislation.

Both candidates are vocal in their support for NASA – the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral is on the southern border of Florida's 24th.

Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Florida • Suzanne Kosmas
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  1. keepstufingthis

    She is toast as far as the election. She is tainted by Obama and the liberal left.

    October 25, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |