Florida’s congressional candidates begin qualifying for 2014

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Florida candidates seeking a spot in the U.S. Congress are now qualifying for the 2014 ballot.

Federal candidates and judicial candidates could seek a spot on the ballot starting at noon on Monday. Qualifying closes at noon on Friday.

A handful of incumbent members of Congress quickly qualified including Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, and newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-St. Petersburg.

Florida has 27 seats in the House of Representatives. Eighteen incumbents have already assured a spot on the ballot for this year.

Florida’s primary election will be held on Aug. 26. This year’s general election will be held on Nov. 4.