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A new contender emerges for GOP U.S. Senate race?

27

April

The chatter and speculation has barely let up that a stronger, surprise, self-funding candidate may yet emerge in Florida's U.S. Senate race. Now The Fix is offering up one possibility.

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Former Ruth's Chris Steakhouse CEO Craig Miller is considering joining the GOP Senate primary in Florida. Miller finished third in a close congressional primary against now-Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) last year and is looking at joining the crowded GOP field running against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). “I’ve talked to advisers and the people that have helped me over the last 18 months about this, and I need to make a decision within the next few weeks," Miller told The Fix. Miller has personal wealth; he spent about $560,000 of his own money on the congressional primary.

A third place finisher in a U.S. House race, though, is unlikely to leave Haridopolos, LeMieux or Hasner quaking.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7:48pm]

    

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