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18. Mike Haridopolos

Mike Haridopolos, state Senate president (Last year: 16th). The Brevard County Republican carries a lot of clout as dean of the state Senate. And he'd probably carry even more if he wasn't eclipsed by another Dean … Cannon, the House speaker who ran the legislative show. The future for Haridopolos, 41, depends on how he performs in 2012 — as well as his future plans. Phil Coale, Associated Press
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