State Rep. Jeff Miller has not decided on a U.S. Senate bid, despite at least one newspaper saying he is not only considering a run, but will announce one as soon as next week.
Although Miller said he is leaning toward U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat, as the Republican runs for president, he is not ready to declare anything.
“While I continue to seriously consider running for the U.S. Senate,” the Chumuckla Republican told reporters through a spokesperson, “a final decision has not been made and no date has been set for any announcement at this time.”
On Wednesday, Roll Call reported – citing two sources – that Miller decided to run and would become the “third Republican to officially enter the contest” next week.
If Miller, who turns 56 this weekend, should launch a campaign, he would join a field of GOP candidates with little name recognition, led by Ponte Vedra Beach U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis, a Tea Party favorite, is the only major Republican in the race; Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is also considering a run.
In a new Quinnipiac University poll, first reported by the Pensacola News-Journal, 81 percent of Florida voters said they don’t have enough information to form an opinion of DeSantis while 77 percent said the same for Lopez-Cantera. Miller’s name was not included.