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Rick Scott isn't picking a side in Senate race that includes his No. 2



Gov. Rick Scott is keeping the door shut on an endorsement of his lieutenant governor, who is running in a crowded U.S. Senate race that got a little more crowded this week with the addition of another key ally of the governor’s. 

Carlos Beruff, a wealthy Manatee County developer with Miami roots who served on Scott’s transition team and chaired his Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding, officially announced his candidacy Monday. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has been in the race since July. 

Tuesday, Scott said he has no plans to make an endorsement in a contest that also includes U.S. Reps. David JollyRon DeSantis and Orlando businessman Todd Wilcox.

“I am not endorsing in the Senate race,” Scott told reporters after a reporter asked if he would consider endorsing Beruff. “There’s a lot of good candidates running. My lieutenant governor’s in that race. Carlos Beruff, I think, entered just in the last couple of days. He was the chairman of my hospital and health care commission and did a good job. My lieutenant governor’s done a great job.”

Scott made the comments after a medal ceremony for veterans in Pinellas Park.

Public Policy Polling’s latest survey found that Lopez-Cantera is trailing both Jolly and DeSantis.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 7:17am]


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