Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R) “has formed an exploratory committee for an expected U.S. Senate run, the latest sign that Florida may have a sizable crowd of Republicans running to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson,” the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos already announced his campaign and is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. Soon after the first fundraising period ends March 31, Hasner and former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux are expected to make their candidacies official.
By forming the “Adam Hasner US Senate Exploratory Committee,” Hasner can raise money to cover his expenses testing the waters and gearing up for a campaign without formally announcing. The 41-year-old lawyer from Boca Raton has been talking to campaign consultants and fundraisers in recent weeks, and the Washington Post reported that Republican lawyer and activist Cleta Mitchell has been working with him.
Update (4/26): Hasner is now officially running.