The Florida US Senate Race has featured a long list of candidates and potential candidates:
State Sen. President Mike Haridopolos…dropped out
Former Florida State Rep. & State House Majority Leader Adam Hasner….decided to run for Congress instead
Craig Miller…decided to run for Congress instead
Former Sen. George LeMieux…dropped out
Marielena Stuart…got in back in June 2011, just now getting noticed…first time candidate
Col. Mike McCalister…up and down in the race, but faded from view since the end of last year
Former Congressman Dave Weldon…Erstwhile Congressman but only recently jumped in.
CFO Jeff Atwater…considered getting in, but determined it was too late.
Connie Mack…frontrunner from the start
While McCalister has faded and Stuart and Weldon are just getting noticed, this race was Mack’s from the beginning. It is impossible for Stuart and Weldon to raise the funds in what is little more than one month to go in order to make a competitive bid for this seat. Their conservative message might appeal inside the REC circuit, but this just goes to show that the RECs are a very small part of the Republican primary electorate.
Case in point – Stuart won the Pinellas straw poll recently. There were a couple hundred votes cast in the poll in total. Stuart got 110. LeMieux who dropped out got 69. Mack who didn’t show got 12. There are almost 220,000 Registered Republicans in Pinellas county. Does anyone legitimately think that the victory in Pinellas is representative of the voters’ sentiment in Pinellas? Let’s remember that Governor Rick Scott was no favorite of the RECs back in 2010…and he won. Money and name ID both favor Mack. He also is reliably conservative. He’ll win on August 14th.
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