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Tea party fav Jim DeMint has a Florida Senate primary fav



"But," the South Carolina senator said with a grin, "we're not going to let you know right now."

The top major Republican candidates -- Mike Haridopolos, Adam Hasner and George LeMieux -- have reached out to DeMint for his support. DeMint is popular among tea party and other conservative grass-roots activists and has the ability to help financially with his PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund.

The top prize is Sen. Marco Rubio but he's said he will stay out of the primary and back the nominee over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:05pm]


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