TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Former Republican Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff has decided to seek a rematch against Sen. Maria Sachs, the Democrat who beat her in a bitter 2012 campaign in South Florida.

Bogdanoff, who faced weeks of speculation about whether she would run, has confirmed that she is in the race.

“You just look at it and you say, you know what, it’s now or never, you’ve got to go with your gut,” she said in a brief interview.
Bogdanoff said she’ll focus on business issues, education and other children’s issues, and criminal justice. She also expects the race to be another tough campaign against Sachs.

“I just think it’s inevitable in a competitive district,” Bogdanoff said.

The campaign two years ago was the only incumbent-vs.-incumbent Senate race created by the redistricting process. Sachs, of Delray Beach, defeated Bogdanoff, of Ft. Lauderdale, by almost six percentage points in the newly-drawn Senate District 34.

Democrats now hold an eight-point voter registration edge over Republicans in the district, which includes parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Bogdanoff also faces a potential primary against Lighthouse Point conservative activist Karin Hoffman, who has opened a campaign account for the race. Formal qualifying will be next week.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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