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New committee started to back Mike Miller’s congressional bid

A super PAC backing Republican Mike Miller‘s congressional campaign was launched last week.

Paperwork registering the political committee, “Central Florida Solutions,” was filed Friday and lists Abby Dupree as both the treasurer and custodian of records. Dupree holds the same titles at Gov. Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” as well as the committee backing a 2018 ballot initiative to give voters the final say in gambling expansion.

Central Florida Solutions will be headed up by former Republican Party of Florida executive director and longtime GOP consultant David Johnson, though election laws will prevent the committee from directly coordinating with Miller’s campaign.

The official web address listed for the committee, CentralFloridaSolutions.com, hasn’t gone live as of Tuesday.

Miller, who currently represents House District 47, is running against freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.

Miller jumped into the race recently and has not yet filed a full campaign finance report, while Murphy had nearly $520,000 in the bank as of her last report.

Until last year, when court-ordered redistricting made the Orlando-area district much more competitive, CD 7 was held by longtime GOP Congressman John Mica.

Despite Republicans holding a slight edge on voter registrations in the district, Murphy was able to snag the seat away from Mica 51 percent-48 percent on Election Day.

Still, Mica outperformed President Donald Trump in the district, which gives GOP candidates hope to flip the seat back in 2018. Last year, CD 7 voted 51-44 in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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