ATLANTA - Florida Treasurer Tom Gallagher said this week that he is entering the race for governor, ending months of speculation about whether he would run.

The two-term treasurer joins a field of four other Republican candidates vying to take on Gov. Lawton Chiles, a Democrat, in November. They are: Jeb Bush, the former president's son; Florida Secretary of State Jim Smith; state Sen. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville; and Ken Connor, an anti-abortion activist and Tallahassee lawyer. The Republican primary is set for Sept. 8.

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