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In Florida's 9th, Political Newcomer Faces 'Congressman with Guts'

Democrat Alan Grayson and Republican Carol Platt
Democrat Alan Grayson and Republican Carol Platt

Voters in Florida’s 9th congressional district decide between Democratic incumbent Alan Grayson or Republican challenger Carol Platt. While most Central Florida congressional districts aren't close races this year, the 9th district may be a battle.

Political newcomer Carol Platt has quietly campaigned across a district that stretches from East Orlando to St. Cloud. That’s a stark contrast to the boisterous Alan Grayson – who’s running under the slogan ‘Congressman with Guts.’

The district has a Democratic registration advantage – about 70,000 thousand more than Republicans. But historically, turnout from Democrats in midterm elections is low.

This could tip the scales in Platt’s favor. According to internal polling from her campaign last month, she was down only by 5-points.

Grayson’s divorce has also made headlines this year. It’s something Platt hasn’t attacked, but could be on the minds of voters.

Platt is Association Executive of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS – this is her first run for public office. Grayson is hoping to win a second term in this seat. Previously, he was Representative for Florida’s 8th Congressional District.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."