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Having chased state Sen. Carey Baker, R-Eustis, from the race, U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam is feeling secure about his chances to be Floridas next Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Besides taking his place alongside Charlie Crist and Bill McCollum on the House floor when the legislative session opened, Putnam now has current Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson on Monday in Plant City predicting a certain redhead will be taking his place. It was a clear reference to Putnam who was in attendanceU.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, the leading Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate race, continues to gather signatures in his bid to become the first statewide candidate in Floridas history to get on the ballot by petition. Meek needs 112,476 signatures and needs signatures in each one of Floridas 67 counties. Meek should be fine with 19 days to go. He has already obtained signatures in every county in Florida and has over 100,000 signaturesOn Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who appears increasingly likely to take another shot at the presidency in 2012, refused to endorse either Charlie Crist or Marco Rubio saying that he does not support candidates before a primary. Of course that did not stop him from backing John McCain over J.D. Hayworth for the GOP Senate nod in Arizona last monthJim Bryant is back. The Vietnam Vet and businessman who lost to U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller in 2008 is hitting the campaign trail as he gears up for a rematch in 2010. Miller won 70 percent of the vote in 2008 compared to Bryants 29 percent share.

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