Since Republican Mel Martinez announced two months ago that he would step down in 2010, more potential candidates for his seat are bowing out than jumping in.
U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami and state Sen. Dan Gelber, both Democrats, are the only elected officials who have launched campaigns so far. Two political heavyweights -- former Gov. Jeb Bush and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink -- have turned down appeals to run, and on Tuesday, Attorney General Bill McCollum and U.S Rep. Allen Boyd decided to pass.
Everyone has their reasons -- not wanting to give up a good gig, or take time away from their family, or run for a job that they don't really want. But looming in everyone's mind is the daunting pricetag of a Senate campaign -- estimated at $25 million.