Fla. Sen. Martinez Won't Run in '10

Florida senator opens seat for fierce race
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 2, 2008 12:46 PM CST
Martinez has struggled to boost his approval rating since taking office.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Florida's Sen. Mel Martinez won't be running for re-election in 2010, leaving open a senate seat that's sure to attract big money and fierce partisan competition. The first-term Republican was a sure Democrat target anyway, given that his constituency is split on whether he deserved another shot in Congress. Martinez is seeking more free time by retiring, insiders tell the Washington Post.