FloridaToday.com is reporting that state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, will indeed run for the U.S. Senate in 2012 — a move that should come as no surprise to those who have followed rumors of Haridopolos’ ambitions since the Nov. 2 election.

Haridopolos is the second Republican to officially declare his intention to run against Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

Mike McCalister, a largely unknown Republican who surprisingly pulled in 10 percent of the vote in this year’s Republican gubernatorial primary, announced his candidacy last month. As one of the architects of the state legislature’s 2011 agenda, Haridopolos has a considerably higher profile than McCalister.

Some other rumored names for the Republican primary: outgoing Sen. George LeMieux and Reps. Vern Buchanan and Connie Mack.

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