Florida will hold a special U.S. House election to fill the vacant 19th district seat on June 24. This special election is needed because Congressman Trey Radel resigned on January 27. The 19th district is a strongly Republican seat on the southwest coast of Florida, including Fort Myers and Naples.
This will be the second special U.S. House election in Florida in the winter or spring of 2014. The special election in the 13th district is March 11.
The Florida vacancy stands in stark contrast with the vacant U.S. House seat in North Carolina. North Carolina Congressman Mel Watt resigned on January 6, 2014, but North Carolina voters won’t fill that vacancy until November 4, 2014. North Carolina says holding a special election before November would be too expensive and complicated.