LeMieux Qualifies for Florida's US Senate Race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux has saved a little postage and gotten some media exposure by personally toting his qualifying papers to Tallahassee.

The Fort Lauderdale Republican on Wednesday was the last of the major Senate candidates to qualify -- but the only one who showed up in person at the Florida Division of Elections.

LeMieux, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate by then-Gov. Charlie Crist, was passing through town while on a campaign swing through the Florida Panhandle.

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Melbourne Democrat, who is seeking re-election had his qualifying papers delivered Monday.

Others who've qualified for the Republican primary include U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV of Fort Myers, former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon of Palm Bay and retired Army Col. Mike McCalister of Plant City.

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