Absent from the list of possible candidates for the Democratic nomination for either governor or senator in 2010 are Latinos. It's nothing new. The Democrats have never run a Latino for governor or the Senate, and they've never elected one to the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to name a high-profile Hispanic Democrat to ever come out of Florida. Meanwhile, Republicans have found electoral success with Mel Martinez and Bob Martinez (no relation, and, yes, Bob is of Spanish decent). Former state speaker Marco Rubio might indeed find himself a serious contender for their 2010 Senate nomination. Compare that to former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, who found little support when he made a bid for Senate in 2002.
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