The GOP’s Gen X primary for Senateby George Bennett | March 25th, 2011
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral, appears poised to launch a 2012 U.S. Senate campaign this morning in Fort Myers and set up what could be a primary battle with four Generation X Republicans vying for the right to challenge pre-Boomer Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
In addition to the 43-year-old Mack, 41-year-old state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, is in the race and 41-year-old former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton has set up an exploratory committee. Former appointed U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, who’s 41, is also considered a likely GOP candidate.
The four Gen Xers are considered the leading Republican candidates, but 59-year-old Mike McCalister, a retired Air Force colonel who got 10.1 percent in last year’s GOP governor primary, has also announced a campaign.
Nelson, 68, was elected in 2000 after Mack’s father retired from the Senate.
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