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Four Florida Republicans among EMILY’s List’s top 2020 targets

The “On Notice” program aims to target vulnerable Republicans in 2020.

EMILY’s List, which helps elect pro-choice women to Congress, is putting several Florida Republicans “On Notice” ahead of the 2020 election.

On Friday, the group announced the launch of its opposition program, named “On Notice,” which aims to target vulnerable congressional Republicans in 2020.

It’s an apparent nod to Stephen Colbert‘s former show on Comedy Central, “The Colbert Report,” which featured “On Notice” and “Dead to Me” boards.

Among the 43 Republicans named were four members from Florida. U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz BalartBrian MastRoss Spano and Michael Waltz were all among the group’s top targets for the next cycle.

“After flipping the House with Democratic women in 2018, we’re ready to send more Republicans packing in 2020,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock.

“These members have loyally supported their party’s harmful agenda, advancing policies — such as attempting to repeal access to affordable health care — that harm working families in their districts.”

EMILY’s List also launched a web page detailing every member of their “On Notice” program, including members of the U.S. Senate. Neither of Florida’s GOP Senators are up for re-election next year.

“While Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and House Democrats are working hard to pass legislation that will directly improve the lives of women and children, House Republicans are trying to impede progress wherever they can,” Schriock said.

“EMILY’s List is actively recruiting and working with potential candidates in these flippable districts. We look forward to sending even more pro-choice Democratic women to Congress next year to fight for health care, economic justice, and to end corruption.”

Both Spano and Mast earned single-digit victories last November, winning by 6 and 9 percentage points, respectively.

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The wins by Waltz and Diaz-Balart were more comfortable. Waltz defeated his Democratic opponent, Nancy Soderberg, by nearly 13 points. Diaz-Balart was re-elected by a nearly 21-point margin.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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