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Mike McCalister

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Mike McCalister
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Florida
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sSoutheast Missouri State University
Ph.D.Union Institute
OtherThe Command & General Staff College, the Army War College Defense Strategy Curriculum, The Air War College, Harvard University Program on Senior Executive Leadership
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1971-2005
CitationsColonel
Personal
ProfessionRetired U.S. Army Colonel
Websites
Campaign website
Mike McCalister was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Florida. McCalister was defeated by Connie Mack in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[1]

Biography

McCalister holds a B.S. in Agriculture from Southeast Missouri State University, Ph.D. in Management from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a graduate of The Command & General Staff College, the Army War College Defense Strategy Curriculum, and The Air War College; and he has completed the Harvard University Program on Senior Executive Leadership.[2]

Career

McCalister served in the Army National Guard, Army Reserves, and on Active Duty for a total of 33 years, between 1971 and 2005.[2] McCalister is also a university instructor.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Florida, 2012

McCalister ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Florida. McCalister sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[3] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. McCalister was defeated by Connie Mack in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[1]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party would end up with control in 2013.[4] The Senate seat in Florida was the toss up state ranked second in likelihood of ending up Democratic, behind New Mexico's Senate seat.[4] Incumbent Bill Nelson's mediocre approval rating was the reasoning behind the "toss-up" classification of the Senate seat, but Nelson was expected to gain Democratic support in time for the election in 2012.[4] Nelson was also expected to face significant opposition from Connie Mack, U.S. representative from the 14th District, in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

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