Former Florida senator George LeMieux has dropped his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic senator Bill Nelson. Congressman Connie Mack, who has lead in the GOP primary since entering the race last fall, remains the frontrunner, with former congressman Dave Weldon also running for the nomination.
In a video message to his supporters, LeMieux expressed his problems with raising enough funds to run a statewide race in Florida. "Without the resources or the opportunity to debate, our message simply cannot be heard," he said.
The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo reports that Florida congressman Connie Mack IV, a candidate for the GOP nomination for Senate in 2012, called the budget recently passed by the House of Representatives a "joke."
Florida congressman Connie Mack IV is now the front runner in the Republican Senate primary race, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Mack, who has not yet officially announced his candidacy, leads all other Republicans vying for the spot, including former U.S. senator George LeMieux, who was appointed by then governor Charlie Crist to succeed Mel Martinez. Thirty-two percent of the poll's respondents indicated they would vote for Mack.
Mike Haridopolos, the Republican president of the Florida state senate, announced this morning that he is dropping out of the race for the United States Senate. In a press release, Haridopolos says he wants to focus solely on his current job:
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.