Wealthy homebuilder likely to enter Florida GOP Senate race


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A wealthy Manatee County homebuilder is likely to jump into Florida’s U.S. Senate race in a move that would pit key members of Gov. Rick Scott’s political team against Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera in the Republican primary.

Carlos Beruff has gone from considering entering the race to likely to get in. That’s according to Joanna Burgos, who Beruff has consulted with while thinking about a run.

Burgos is among four key members of Scott’s campaigns for governor with whom Beruff has consulted. Like Scott in 2010, Beruff would be a political novice who would invest personal wealth to try to win office.

So far, none of the four major Republican candidates has emerged as a front-runner. Polls show most voters are undecided.

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