ByÂ Joshua Miller, Roll Call
Even though Bennett, who was first elected to the Florida Senate in 2002, does not live in the current 11th district, he told Herald-Tribune columnist Jeremy Wallace that he expects that wonâ€™t be the case after Castorâ€™s district is redrawn in redistricting.
Bennett, 66, said he would file his papers of candidacy after the current Florida Senate session ends.
Castor was easily elected to a third term in 2010, beating her Republican opponent, Mike Prendergast, 60 percent to 40 percent. She has not been a GOP target since winning the safely Democratic Tampa-area district in 2006. However, Republicans control the redistricting process in Florida and may look to make the seat more competitive.
Bennettâ€™s colleague, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, is also running for federal office. He is hoping to unseat Sen.Â Bill Nelson (D) but has to win a competitive GOP primary first.
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