Rick Scott announces challenge to Nelson for Senate seat in Florida

Gov. Scott plans 'major announcement' Monday

Nelson is one of 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election in states Trump won in 2016, and Republicans have repeatedly bested Democrats in most statewide Florida midterm races since 2006 - though Nelson's win was one of two Democratic victories that year. "I know he's asked me to get into the race".

Nelson has represented Florida in the Senate since 2001. Both political parties share some of the blame.

In his statement, the governor targets Washington, D.C.as "a disaster" "dysfunctional" and full of "tired thinking". "I'm not going to fit into Washington either", said Scott. More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have come to Florida since the hurricane. Bill Nelson, setting up what could be one of the most highly-watched races in the country.

"It's really hard to get your mind around 125 million dollars, but that's the nature of the game today" said Bergerson.

"Just like the rest of the Tallahassee establishment, Rick Scott is only looking out for himself _ that's why he gave tax breaks to wealthy and powerful millionaires like himself while slashing education spending and refusing federal help for hundreds of thousands of Floridians without health insurance", said Winter Park businessman Chris King, a Democratic candidate for governor. "I believe in jobs".

Sen. Bill Nelson readily noted the silence.

"We can change Washington".

"It's going to be clearly a set of contrasts on so many issues, from the environment to sea level rise to oil drilling off the coast, to the expansion of Medicaid in Florida", Nelson told reporters.




Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces his bid to run for the U.S. Senate at a news conference Monday, April 9, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.

Mr. Scott, a multimillionaire, spent almost $100 million on his gubernatorial bids, including more than $60 million of his own money, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Early polling-and keep in mind these polls were conducted before Scott's official announcement-has the race close to even.

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.

Nelson said that Scott's transformation is exclusively about trying to win elections.

One emerging complication for Scott is his relationship with Sen. By April 2006, her entire campaign had imploded, almost every major staffer had resigned, and she went on to lose to Nelson by more than 22 points.

Ketha Otis, a Vocational Rehabilitation Technician and president of AFSCME Local 2862, said that she and her fellow state employees are not going to let the two-term governor "falsely portray his slash and burn record".

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