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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Has Finally Announced He's Running For Senate

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Has Finally Announced He's Running For Senate

A Senate Democratic campaign aide noted that Scott, who has been governor of Florida since 2010, has never had to run for statewide office in Florida when the national mood has swung against his party.

"I think in this case a lot of the differences between the two of us are going to come out in the course of this campaign", Nelson said.

"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow -regardless of my opponent", Nelson said Monday.

Bustamante was the Florida governor's longtime press secretary and was slated to transition to Scott's Senate campaign team as the GOP millionaire prepares to challenge Democratic Sen.

"You're probably surprised, but I'm going to announce I'm running for senator", Scott told Politico.

"We need to shake up Washington", he told supporters at the warehouse.

President Donald Trump carried the Sunshine State by 1.2 percentage points in 2016.

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Democrats, meanwhile, have been anticipating Scott's campaign for months and have already ramped up their criticism, noting that Scott was forced out as chief executive of Columbia/HCA amid a federal fraud investigation. Scott's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment about how much money had been raised so far.

Scott also repeatedly attacked "career politicians" without naming his opponent, Nelson, who has served in the Senate since 2001. Bill Nelson this fall. "We've got to take that same "can do" attitude, that it doesn't matter what the naysayers say; doesn't matter what the critics say".

Scott's entry poses a formidable challenge to Nelson, who has not had a serious challenge since winning his first term in 2000. In 1986, Nelson famously went through NASA training and spent six days orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia.

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

"(Scott) used the Pulse tragedy as a political prop while shamelessly touting an A-plus rating from the NRA", said Anna Eskamani, a Democratic candidate for an Orlando-area state House seat. It's nearly as though the powerful dynamics that launched Scott into office are reversing, said Steven Schale, a Florida Democratic strategist who watched nearly helplessly as Florida turned against Democrats in 2010, 2012 and 2014 while President Barack Obama was in office. "And if this race is inspiration versus operation, you've got to give the operational advantage to Rick Scott".

Scott's entrance puts Democrats, who are trying to flip control of the Senate, on defense in the state.

Scott gained more of a nationwide profile recently due to the Parkland school shooting.

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