Florida’s GOP Senate Field to be in Place Wednesday

By: Jim Turner | Posted: June 6, 2012 3:55 AM
Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux has announced he will file qualifying paperwork Wednesday morning to round out the announced GOP field intent on taking on long-serving U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, retired Army officer Mike McCalister of Plant City and former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon of Melbourne all submitted their paperwork on Monday.

See list of qualified U.S. Senate candidates here.

Nelson also qualified on Monday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there will be two Democratic primary battles for congressional seats and 10 among Republicans, including interparty challenges to incumbents Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala; Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville; John Mica, R-Winter Park; Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta; and Allen West, R-Plantation.

See list of qualified U.S. House candidates here.

Another long-serving congressman, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, picked up November competition from outspoken anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, a 2006 U.S. Senate candidate in Florida who had recently been listed as a Democrat running for president.

In the Legislature, the Democrats are already facing six House and two Senate primary contests, most in Southeast Florida, while the GOP has 10 House and three Senate primaries in place.

See list of qualified Florida Senate candidates here.

See list of qualified Florida House candidates here.

Based upon the previously announced candidates, by the end of the week the Republicans could have nine congressional primaries, seven state Senate contests and 22 House contests on Aug. 14.

The Democrats are expected to see as many as seven congressional contests, four state Senate races -- depending upon where Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland, decides to run -- and 22 state House primaries.

Ring had previously been listed as challenging Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and is currently listed as active on the Division of Elections’ website against Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale.

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889

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