Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Florida Lt. Governor Carlos López-Cantera is one of four Republicans running to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

The four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate were the main event Saturday night at the Hillsborough Republican Party's Lincoln 2016 Red Ball.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera said Wednesday he's running for U.S. Senate.

In a video released by his campaign in advance of an afternoon announcement in Miami, Lopez-Cantera confirmed what he's been signaling for weeks.



Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera publicly confirmed Saturday that he is "strongly considering" a U.S. Senate bid in 2016, drawing closer to throwing his hat in a GOP primary ring that already has one congressman and could soon include a handful of other candidates.

Lopez-Cantera's speech announcing that he is mulling entering the campaign drew a standing ovation from the audience at a meeting of the Republican Party of Florida's executive board during the party's quarterly meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

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Florida's New Lt. Governor Takes Office

Feb 3, 2014
Florida Governor's Office

Almost a year after Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned, the state has a new second in command.

Carlos Lopez-Cantera was sworn in today, Feb. 3, as Florida's 19th lieutenant governor.

With his wife  Renee Lopez-Cantera holding their baby Sofia in one arm and the Bible in her other hand, the former state legislator and Miami-Dade Property Appraiser was officially sworn in by 1st District Court of Appeal Chief Judge Joseph Lewis Jr.