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Gov. Scott running for US Senate

12 April 2018

Rick Scott announced he will run against Democratic Sen.

Scott's candidacy is a bright spot for Republicans in a year where Democratic enthusiasm is expected to be overwhelming, as evidenced by the recent wave of recent Democratic victories in special elections in Alabama and Pennsylvania.

Anticipating Scott's entry into the race, Democrats have spent months readying their attacks on his two terms in Tallahassee.

"We have to all acknowledge that Washington is a disaster". There's a lot of exhausted thinking up there.

"I'm not accepting the same result".

Myers also said that Scott's actions as Florida's governor have made richer by $46 million dollars.

"Now we've got to take that same mission to D.C.", Scott said.

Much will depend on the strength of populism in this midterm cycle.

Scott has never shied away from his friendship with Trump - who has repeatedly urged him to run against Nelson, Florida's only statewide elected Democrat. "Republicans need to pick up seats; they're likely to lose a couple of seats in other states".

Scott's support for President Donald Trump will be a major factor in the race.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that Scott will formally make the announcement during a morning event in Orlando where he will call Washington "horribly dysfunctional", rail against "career politicians" and call for term limits for members of Congress.

The race will take place fresh off the tragic shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 students and staff dead and kick-started a national student movement that's captured the attention of lawmakers from coast to coast.

Instead, Scott focused on how the state helped Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria which ravaged the island previous year.

That included during a September visit by Trump to Florida to survey hurricane damage.

"This is the melting pot of the world".

One of them, Debbie Ryan, secretary of the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee, said, "If Mr. Scott really cared about the people of Florida, he would go over the grocery store here, where people have to buy dented canned food to survive" because of benefit cuts.

The governor's race, contests for the three state-wide cabinet positions and potentially more than a dozen proposed constitutional amendments will also be on the ballot this November.

President Trump has long pushed for Scott to challenge Nelson for the Senate seat. It's been a few weeks since the last head-to-head poll, but the RealClearPolitics average on polls conducted in January and February only gives Nelson a 3.8-point aggregate lead, with an average of support at 45.8%. "I don't consider myself any type of anything".

"I think Rick Scott will say and do anything to try to get elected, but I've always thought that if you just try to do the right thing, the politics is going to take care of itself", he said.

Sources claim the Senate race is expected to be one of the most watched in American history.

Gov. Scott running for US Senate