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Huckabee endorses Haridopolos for U.S. Senate

Mike Haridopolos has pulled in the first major endorsement of the Republican U.S. Senate primary -- Mike Huckabee.

The one-time presidential candidate and possible 2012 contender has also given the maximum donation to Haridopolos' campaign, as has Huckabee's wife. In a fundraising letter going out today, Huckabee writes: "We need more street-smart fighters in the Senate -- like Marco Rubio -- capable of stopping the Democrats’ unprecedented spending and government intervention. That is why retiring Bill Nelson and electing Mike Haridopolos is critical."

It's not entirely surprising. Haridopolos' close adviser, lobbyist Frank Tsamoutales, is HuckPac's finance chair.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:37pm]


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