Bense won’t run for Senate, endorses Hasner

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Former House Speaker Allan Bense said Tuesday that he’s endorsing former House member Adam Hasner in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and won’t seek the seat himself, reports the News Service of Florida. Bense is among a handful of Republicans who had been sought out as possible candidates to enter the race, which in addition to Hasner includes George LeMieux, Mike McCallister, Craig Miller and Marielena Stuart. The Hasner campaign also announced Bense will serve as statewide chairman for the Hasner effort. “I’ve known both Adam and George throughout the years, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Adam is the principled conservative that Florida Republicans should support,” Bense said in a statement released by the Hasner campaign. “Adam has a long record of standing up for mainstream, conservative principles that no other candidate in this race can match. He’s earned a reputation as a fighter and a straight-shooter who sticks to what he believes, no matter which way the political winds blow. I know he’ll go to Washington and stand up to both parties when they stray from the common sense, limited-government reforms needed to turn our country around.” The winner of the Republican primary will take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who is seeking a third term.

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