July 19, 2011

Haridopolos Drops Florida Senate Bid

By Joshua Miller, Roll Call State Senate President Mike Haridopolos dropped out of the Florida Senate race Monday morning, citing conflicting responsibilities between his state Senate duties and his run to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D).

“Today, I am announcing that I will no longer be a candidate for the United States Senate, nor will I seek any other office this year or next. Instead, I am re-dedicating myself to finishing the job you sent me to do here in Florida,” the Republican wrote in an email to supporters.

With his departure, the GOP field hoping to unseat Nelson is down to four. The announced candidates running in the Republican primary are: former Sen. George LeMieux (Fla.), former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, former Army Col. Mike McCalister and former Ruth’s Chris CEO Craig Miller.

Haridopolos raised a whopping $2.6 million in the first quarter and more than $900,000 in the second quarter of this year. [Where will this money go now?]

One GOP consultant’s early take was that Haridopolos’ exit could be a boon to Hasner.

“The race between Hasner and LeMieux looks like a lot more like Rubio and Crist,” said Orlando-based Republican strategist Phil Vangelakos, . . ." [Full Story]

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