In the 2015 redistricted 7th Congressional District, which includes part of Orange County and stretches into Winter Park and Sanford, newcomer Stephanie Murphy defeated veteran Congressman John Mica (R-Winter Park) last November, 51-49%, a margin of 10,456 votes. Yesterday, GOP state Rep. Mike Miller (R-Orlando) announced that he will challenge freshman Rep. Murphy next year. The newly configured district’s demographics and voting history suggest that this will become a major battleground race. More Republicans are expected to enter, but so far, Rep. Miller is the first member to come forward and openly declare his intention.
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