House Speaker Bense May Give Second Thought to U.S. Senate Bid

House Speaker Allan Bense may reconsider challenging U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, a race he ruled out last August.

But it's a subject he doesn't want to talk about until after the 60-day legislative session ends May 5, a week before the deadline to turn in paperwork and fees to run for the position.

Bense, whose hometown is Panama City, says he's telling colleagues he is thinking about the race but is focused on what he's doing now.

Bense has been encouraged to get in the race by GOP leaders in Washington and Tallahassee.

Harris' campaign has failed to gain ground on incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson, who leads substantially in the polls and has millions of dollars more in his campaign account. Harris recently pledged to spend $10 million of her money on the race.

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