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Scramble begins for Atwater’s Senate seat

by George Bennett | May 19th, 2009

Former Democratic state Sen. Skip Campbell this afternoon said he’s considering a run for state Senate now that Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, has opened a campaign for state chief financial officer. Campbell filed for Senate against Atwater in 2008 but bowed out because of a reaction to hip surgery that he said is “all gone” now.

Three Republicans are likely to run for Atwater’s Palm Beach-Broward Senate seat. Delray Beach businessman Nick Loeb confirmed today that he’ll jump from a state House race into the Senate contest.

Look for state Rep. Carl Domino, R-Jupiter, to launch a Senate campaign by Wednesday. State Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, has said she probably would run for the Senate seat if Atwater left.

Some Dems have mentioned term-limited Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons as a potential Senate candidate, but Koons so far has said he’s not interested.

Republicans held a 39-to-36 percent registration edge in Senate District 25 last fall. About 64 percent of voters live in Palm Beach County and 36 percent in Broward County.

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8 Responses to “Scramble begins for Atwater’s Senate seat”

  1. steve Says:

    Loeb is delusional. Domino is a longshot. This is Bogdanoff’s to loose.

  2. Elizabeth. P Says:

    Great Nick! You will be great for the future of our state! You will have my support!

  3. Mark Says:

    Is Nicky still making porny ?

  4. Gregory Right Says:

    Nick Loeb is the future. It is time for new ideas and new blood in tallahasse.
    this young man has my support!

  5. in the know Says:

    Loeb has enough money from family to fund the race himself.

  6. FCR Says:

    Nick is the man to helo lead Florida into the next 25 years . . .

  7. Lorenzo Blair Says:

    Nick Loeb is a smart guy, has a fine mind and can roll with the punches and get things done. He works like a horse!
    Florida needs more new blood like his.
    Triple crown material.

  8. Incredulous Dem Says:

    Skip Campbell is running again?! He better run as a Republican because he has betrayed Palm Beach County Democrats and has ZERO credibility and Zero support among them.

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