Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Gov. Rick Scott aims to unseat Florida's Democratic senator

Gov. Rick Scott aims to unseat Florida's Democratic senator

The two-term Republican governor, who announcement was widely expected, has told donors that he needs to raise more than $110 million to mount an effective run against Nelson in both the primary and general elections, according to a source familiar with these conversations.

"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow -regardless of my opponent", Nelson said Monday. He flew on a space shuttle as a member of Congress, and was elected as Florida's insurance commissioner before running for the Senate.

"They (said) governor you just don't fit into Tallahassee".

"We must change Washington". Bill Nelson, setting up what could be one of the most highly-watched races in the country.

Before he gets a chance to set Washington right, he's going to spend an very bad lot of money, and so will his opponent.

Asked if he considers himself a "Donald Trump Republican", Scott told Politico: "I consider myself Rick Scott".

"I never planned to fit in, and I won't fit in in Washington, either", Scott says in the video. Trump has urged Scott to run.

Scott made no mention of President Donald Trump, although Scott has been a consistent supporter of the president. Ultimately, Scott signed Florida's new law raising the age limit to purchase rifles to 21 and creating a new process enabling law-enforcement to seize guns from someone who is considered a danger.

The negative tone of the campaign is already well underway, with Republicans launching a nomorenelson.org website, which calls the incumbent a "career politician", and the Democrats having a selfservingscott.com website, which criticizes the governor's economic record. In 2010, he beat Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, capturing 48.9 percent of the vote to her 47.7 percent. The city lies in the politically-important I-4 corridor and is home to a large Puerto Rican population.

The Democrats have shown some fear in Scott as they've spent a long time preparing for his announcement. Paula Hawkins, a Republican, in the 1986 Senate race.

But Scott ended 2017 with a 58 percent approval rating in Morning Consult's polling, putting him in a tie for the 11th most popular governor in America.

"I always, when I have an opponent, assume that they are the toughest opponent".

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera said, "Jeri was a part of our team for many years".

"While it's hard to envision any competitive, top ticket race in this state being won by 7 percent, or 500,000 votes, as this sample now shows the race, it is understandable why the governor has this lead on Nelson with such high job approval, image ratings and positive direction of the state under his watch", said Ryan Tyson, AIF's vice president of political operations. "We were right", the paper's editorial board said Monday.

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