Alex's Outlook

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Mel Martinez to Quit HUD to Run for Senate
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites)'s housing and urban development secretary, Mel Martinez, will resign to enter a crowded primary race for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida, Republicans said on Friday.

"He's definitely running," said a senior Republican strategist in Washington.

Florida made a dramatic right turn in the 2002 midterm elections, when Jeb carried the governorship by 14 percentage points (57-43). I thought Bush was almost certain to carry Florida in 2004. Now, with Martinez alongside Bush's ticket, I think it's a sure thing; I also think the Republicans are guaranteed the Senate seat.

Now all we need is for Louisiana Sen. Breaux to announce his retirement, and open the seat up for Bobby Jindal in 2004.


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