Top Florida Dem Alex Sink Not Running For Senate

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January 18, 2009 10:39 a.m.

Some bad news for Florida (and national) Democrats: State Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has announced that she isn’t running for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring GOPer Mel Martinez.

Had she entered the primary, Sink would have started out as the immediate frontrunner and probably a slight favorite for the general election, too. Rep. Kendrick Meek is running in the Democratic primary, and is currently the only announced candidate from either party. Meek could very well be a strong candidate — and at least one other Dem, state Sen. Dan Gelber, is indicating he’ll be getting in, too — but Sink would have started out in an even better position.

So far both parties have managed to lose a top potential recruit for this seat: Sink on the Dem side, and Jeb Bush for the Republicans.

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