Mike Haridopolos drops out of U.S. Senate race listen07/18/11 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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One of the leading Republican challengers hoping to unseat Floridaâ€™s Democratic U.S. Senator has dropped out. State Senate President Mike Haridopolos announced via video this morning that he would not seek the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Bill Nelson.
In a statement, Governor Rick Scott wrote â€œI was surprised by Mike Haridopolosâ€™ announcement today. Anytime a statewide race loses a principled conservative like Mike Haridopolos in a race of this importance, it is a sad day for our state. He was a great help to me during the legislative session. â€¦â€