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|U.S. Senate, Florida|
|Bachelor's||Southeast Missouri State University|
|Other||The Command & General Staff College, the Army War College Defense Strategy Curriculum, The Air War College, Harvard University Program on Senior Executive Leadership|
|Years of service||1971-2005|
|Profession||Retired U.S. Army Colonel|
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.
McCalister ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Florida. McCalister sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. 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.
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. The Senate seat in Florida was the toss up state ranked second in likelihood of ending up Democratic, behind New Mexico's Senate seat. 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. 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.
- AP Results, "Election Results" accessed August 14, 2012
- Colonel Mike McCalister for Senate 2012 "Meet the Colonel" accessed January 10, 2012
- Miami Herald, "Poll: Mack holds big lead in GOP Senate race," accessed January 5, 2012
- Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" accessed April 9, 2012
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