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Rep. Jeff Miller 'Considering' Bid for Rubio's Senate Seat

By    |   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 09:54 PM

Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida says he's "very seriously considering" running for the Senate, adding his name to a long list of potential candidates for the seat held by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running for president.

"It's something that I have been looking at for now over a month," the Republican congressman said Monday. "I had several individuals come to me laying out what they saw was a pathway to victory, and I am looking at the options at this point."

Miller, re-elected in November to his seventh full term representing Florida's 1st Congressional District, chairs the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Under his leadership, the panel has drawn national attention and praise for investigating substandard medical care at VA facilities.

Miller is among at least a dozen possible contenders for the seat Rubio is giving up to run for president in 2016. The seat is considered crucial to Republican hopes of retaining control of the Senate.

Meanwhile, 17th Congressional District Rep. Tom Rooney on Monday became the latest Florida Republican to decide against running for Rubio's seat, saying he didn't want to put his family through a grueling statewide race.

"While I feel like I could mount a successful statewide campaign, the toll I believe the process would take on my family is something I cannot put them through," Rooney said.

Among Democrats, Rep. Patrick Murphy announced last month that he will run for Rubio's seat, and Rep. Alan Grayson may run as well.

Retaining the seat could pose a huge challenge for Republicans in the Sunshine State, Politico observed. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in Florida by about 429,000, "and in presidential election years, they tend to show up in droves. Republicans tend to win more statewide races in lower-turnout midterm elections."

The last Republican to win in a presidential year was Sen. Mel Martinez, elected to an open seat in 2004. In 2012, however, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson won re-election to a third term by defeating Republican Rep. Connie Mack by 13 percentage points.

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