Big week ahead for Florida presidential hopefuls

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Last month, Sen. Marco Rubio launched his 2016 presidential candidacy. Two other Florida Republicans are ready to join him: Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon from West Palm Beach and former governor of Arkansas, on Monday. Panhandle resident Mike Huckabee, on Tuesday.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush is a fourth Floridian. Jeb Bush, is also continuing to pursue a not-officially-declared candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

Florida is unusual in that it has never had a shortage of presidential candidates.

A Floridian has never been elected president or nominee for a major party. The few Sunshine State politicians who sought the White House are also not impressive. The 2004 Democratic presidential campaign of former Sen. Bob Graham ended in 2003. Former governor. After finishing last in the New Hampshire primary, Reubin Askew decided to quit his 1984 Democratic bid.

Rubio declared his candidacy in Miami on April 13, and has been near the top of many national GOP polls.

Carson will announce his presidential plans in Detroit at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Carson has not run for office but was forced into the presidential conversation when he gave a conservative speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. President Barack Obama was seated nearby.

Huckabee is a Santa Rosa Beach resident since 2010, and Rubio endorsed his 2008 presidential bid. Huckabee has set a Tuesday announcement in Hope, Arkansas which is also home to former Democratic President Bill Clinton. Huckabee already made a video that makes it clear that he is running but does not explicitly state so.