Four Qualify to Challenge Harris in GOP Primary

Four relatively unknown candidates qualify to challenge US Representative Katherine Harris in the race to win Florida Republicans' nomination for US Senate.

They are: LeRoy Collins, Jr., son of former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins; Peter Monroe, a Pinellas County developer who helped manage the government's savings and loan bailout; Windermere businessman William “Will” McBride; and Tampa law professor Belinda Noah.

The GOP primary is September 5.

Governor Jeb Bush and other Republican leaders have been looking for someone to take on Harris because she trails incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson by about 30 percentage points in public opinion polls. Bush has said he didn't believe Harris could beat Nelson.