The field of potential Republican candidates vying to replace Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal Rising violent crime poses new challenge for White House MORE (R-Fla.) in the Senate lost another top contender on Wednesday, as former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford announced over Twitter he would take a pass. Republicans in Florida say Weatherford is a rare political talent with cross-party appeal who would have been a formidable candidate both in the GOP primary and in the general election. Weatherford has garnered comparisons to Rubio, having become Florida Speaker of the House at the age of 32. He left office in 2014 to form a venture capital firm with his brothers and raise his young family. Over the weekend, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who had been galvanizing support among establishment Republicans in the state, shocked political watchers by taking a pass. Attorney General Pam Bondi said last week she’d seek reelection instead of running for Senate. But the field of potential GOP candidates is still large. Conservative groups signaled on Tuesday they would line up behind Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisBanning ideas in schools isn't the answer — parents must be active citizens DeSantis tops Trump in 2024 presidential straw poll Florida governor adept student of Trump playbook MORE (R-Fla.), urging the two-term lawmaker to run.  In addition, Reps. Tom RooneyThomas (Tom) Joseph RooneyRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC House Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Hill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides MORE, Vern Buchanan and David Jolly, Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera and state Sen. Don Gaetz are on the growing list of names Republicans in the state say could get into the race.