With Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink forgoing a U.S. Senate bid, it's likely to be an all-male race for Florida's open seat. Currently there are only 16 women in the 100-member chamber.
Then again, if Sink runs for governor in 2014, she could become the state's first female chief executive.
Here's her official statement: "Over the past several weeks, I have given serious and careful thought to my own future and, more importantly, to the future of our state. And I am extremely grateful for the support and advice so many friends and fellow Floridians have shared. I believe my skills and abilities are of greatest use here in Florida, where I am honored to serve as Chief Financial Officer. And I will run for re-election as Chief Financial Officer to continue being a fiscal watchdog on behalf of the people of Florida."
And here's what state Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach had to say: "I was prepared to fully support Alex had she chosen the US Senate seat as her next step in public life, and it is now my hope to share the ballot with her in 2010 as we work together as Floridians to bring real change to our state and restore the dream of a time past, when the state that we love was a beacon of a better life for anyone who seeks it.Given this morning's news, I expect to officially enter the race in the coming weeks."