Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R) “is no longer exploring the idea of running for U.S. Senate, he is running,” the AP reports.
Hasner, 41, released a video on his website announcing plans to run. He earlier formed an exploratory committee.
In the video, he said Republicans and Democrats are both to blame for the nation’s fiscal troubles and Republicans need to go beyond just holding Democrats accountable on budget and tax issues and make sure the party adheres to its principles.
He will challenge Senate President Mike Haridopolos and former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux for the GOP nomination. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is seeking his third term.