In the 2016 Florida primary, law school professor Tim Canova drew national attention to his challenge against veteran Representative and then-Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Because of Wasserman Schultz’s controversial role in the presidential campaign when she used her national position to help Hillary Clinton, Mr. Canova was able to raise almost $4 million for his campaign effort, most of it after receiving an endorsement from presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. But, the challenge ended in disappointing fashion for Canova, as he lost to the incumbent, 57-43%. Earlier this year he began contemplating a re-match with Wasserman Schultz, or even a primary challenge to Sen. Bill Nelson (D). This week he officially announced his congressional campaign, but his chances of upending a stronger Wasserman Schultz in the coming election appear even weaker.
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