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Connie Mack getting in U.S. Senate race

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October

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U.S. Rep. Connie Mack unexpectedly signaled late Wednesday that he will enter the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, apparently convinced other candidates cannot defeat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

"He's getting in the race," adviser David James said in an email. "Making calls, assembling a team. He will have more to say in an announcement in weeks to come."

Mack, R-Fort Myers, considered entering the race earlier this year but decided to focus on his House duties. He was friendly with another candidate, state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who dropped out months ago.

This summer, rumors surfaced that Mack was again interested. Mack brushed those off. But the Republican field has struggled to generate excitement. Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:41pm]

    

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