Good is hoping to repeat her victory over the younger Buchanan, which saw the Democrat win a district that President Donald Trump carried by more than four percentage points. She would go on to defend her seat months later, defeating former state Rep. Ray Pilon.
For weeks, speculation swirled in the Sunshine State, with insiders waiting for the Sarasota lawmaker to make her campaign official. With the announcement, Democrats believe they have a skilled campaigner who can flip a red district blue in 2020.
Her previous elections garnered attention on a national level, with her back-to-back victories increasing her political stock in the Democratic Party, making her a household name among those looking to take back Florida -- as well as the country -- in the upcoming election.
With her rising status, Democrats are certain that Good can be the one to unseat Buchanan. Shortly after throwing her hat in the race, Good raised over $135,000 in the first 24 hours of her campaign, leading many liberals in the state to label her a real contender to do what so many high-profile candidates have not been able to do.
While Good's prolific fundraising leads many insiders to tout her as a viable candidate, the attorney is still facing an uphill battle.
For starters, Good is facing a formidable incumbent in Buchanan who has easily dispatched everyone who has tried to knock him off his perch. Buchanan has made it look easy since getting elected in 2006. He's won a majority of his elections by double-digit percentage points, reaching 55 percent or more four out of seven elections. Of the other three elections, two occurred during off-years, with the 2012 election being decided by more than 25,000 votes. His closet race was his first one in 2006 against Sarasota banker Christine Jennings -- winning by 369 votes.
Buchanan also has a heavy campaign coffer to go head-to-head with Good. Buchanan raised $375,377 in the second quarter of 2019. That pushes his fundraising total for the 2020 campaign cycle over the $1 million mark. He currently has $503,152 cash on hand.
On top of that, Good is facing Buchanan in a presidential election year where Trump is seeking re-election. Republican turnout is predicted to be record-breaking in 2020, with Floridians looking to turn the Sunshine State red again.
If that's not enough, Good still has to perform a miracle to turn the 16th Congressional district blue. As Marc Caputo said on Twitter, "the district looks like a real uphill climb for Good."
With the numbers and support on Buchanan's side, many Republicans around the state believe Good has zero chance of beating the Republican in 2020. Sen. Joe Gruters, who also chairs the Republican Party of Florida, believes a Good victory it out of the question.
"The numbers in this district make it so it is not a competitive seat out of the gate," Gruters told The Florida Report. "Combine that with the fact that Buchanan has done a good job representing the district and is well regarded across party lines with the ability to self-fund at any amount makes this race over before it begins," he continued.
"Buchanan will crush her."
Without question, the 2020 elections will be important -- both for Republicans and Democrats. While Democrats believe they can capitalize on their miniature blue way from 2018 and turn it into a full-fledged tsunami in 2020, Republicans are certain that Trump's momentum will help carry many of their seats that are up for grabs.
It's fun to dream, but it's not a "Good" idea to bet on Democrats in 2020.