Sen. Jim Norman Files Qualifying Paperwork
Despite word that efforts were underway to keep him from running, Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, has qualified to run.
Norman joins what is expected to be an expensive primary battle against House Speaker Pro Tempore John Legg, R-Port Richey.
Legg entered the second quarter of the year with more than $120,000 in the bank.
Norman, who has raised $177,820 since the start of 2011, had a little more than $104,000 on hand as the second quarter began.
Sources had told Sunshine State News that some in the GOP leadership were working to get Norman out of the race, though they remain unsure as to what his intentions are.
Norman -- who has drawn fire on ethical issues and was among the Senate Republicans breaking ranks against prison privatization in the recent legislative session -- survived a brutal primary battle with fellow Republican Kevin Ambler in 2010.