Finally, Haridopolos is facing a growing field. It's not yet clear whether retired U.S. Army Col. Mike McCalister or former Ruth's Chris Steakhouse CEO Craig Miller will impact the race in any meaningful way, nor is it clear who is helped/hurt the most by the new entrants. But at bottom, the recent increase in GOP candidates signals that the Republican field isn't scaring further entrants away.
To be sure, none of the GOP campaigns are without problems to overcome at this early stage. Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner had a lackluster second quarter fundraising period while LeMieux -- who led the GOP field in fundraising last quarter -- still has to overcome his ties to former-Gov. Charlie Crist, which could be a deal breaker to many conservatives. Haridopolos remains a force in the race, given his powerful position in state government, strong ties to the business community and ability to raise money.
Still, his early shakeup raises questions about the stability of his campaign operation, and it also puts him under a larger microscope moving forward.