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No "surprise" election announcement from Broward GOP chair

The Sunshine Republicans, a gay GOP group in Broward, sent emails this week saying that GOP chair Chip LaMarca would make a "surprise announcement" at their meeting Monday night. That led to speculation that LaMarca would announce that he will run against Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl.

But LaMarca said today that he will not make any such announcement Monday night -- though he said he is leaning toward running and will make his decision in April (though that timeline has repeatedly changed.)

"We are getting extremely close here," LaMarca said. "I know the clock is running."

One problem: if LaMarca runs and steps down as county GOP chair who would take over the group at a time when it is divided over whether to support Gov. Charlie Crist or Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate? Two names mentionned as possibilities in the past are now out: Coral Springs Commissioners Vince Boccard and Tom Powers who were suspended by Crist due to Sunshine Law violation charges.

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