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Despite Roll Call report, Jeff Miller insists he has not yet decided on Senate run

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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.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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