Faced with a proposed congressional map that would draw more Democrats into his district, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) may head to a neighboring district where a Republican stands a better chance at winning. But first, he would have to knock out Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) in a primary.
A source affiliated with West's campaign told The Miami Herald that West is strongly considering a move to Rooney's district. The newspaper also reported that West recently considered jumping into Florida's crowded GOP primary for the Senate.
Rooney's district was also made slightly less Republican by the redistricting map proposed by the Florida state Senate, but still seems more winnable for a Republican than West's district, which the conservative Republican won in 2010.
A move by West would set the stage for a brutal incumbent-on-incumbent primary fight between Rooney and West, a heavy-hitting fundraiser with a national profile and major support from the Tea Party movement. It would also make it likely that Democrats would be able to pick up West's current district.
Florida's new congressional map is long from set in stone. The state House will deliver its own proposal, and the process is expected to become entangled in court action as well.