Record spending predicted for Scott-Nelson senate race

Record spending predicted for Scott-Nelson senate race

A top aide to Florida Gov. Rick Scott died late Sunday in a boating accident in the Florida Keys, a day before the GOP governor announced his bid for the U.S. Senate this November. He has been urged to challenge Nelson, Florida's only statewide-elected Democrat, by Donald Trump.

Scott made the long-expected announcement during an event in Orlando, Florida, on Monday. "I would welcome (Scott's) inclusion in the race". "Washington is full of old thinking".

Scott is viewed as the only opponent with the ability to seriously challenge Nelson, with his willingness to spend tens of millions of dollars on his campaigns, which isn't out of the ordinary considering that Florida is known for its television advertising.

His announcement was a preview of expected attacks against Nelson, a three-term incumbent who previously served in the U.S. House, the state Legislature and in Cabinet-level elected positions in state government during a career that spans more than four decades.

Democrats swiftly laid out their argument against Scott. "People ask me that a bunch of times, about 'Are you this or are you that?' No".

Nelson had a 46 percent to 42 percent edge over Scott in the Senate contest, according to the poll.

The gun issue is expected to play a key role in Scott's race.

But Nelson, 75, seemed unfazed by Scott's candidacy.

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On the other hand, Bill Nelson's not exactly blowing Scott away in polling either.

For Scott, it will be his third election in his political career.

Scott also recounted Florida's recovery from the recession under his leadership, pointing to job creation, tax cuts, a reduction in state debt and a record numbers in tourism. He added, "We're not going to see a change in Washington if we don't have term limits". "And guess what? I'm not going to fit into Washington either". "I'm sick of it", Scott said.

University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett said Scott rode a tea party wave into office and will now try to surf a potential Democratic wave to the nation's capital.

"I think because Trump is so aggressive in his ideologies and the way he portrays them to the United States, I think that having somebody like Bill Nelson would really be good to connect and reach across that aisle and actually get some stuff done", said Heffner. Mr. Scott last month bucked the National Rifle Association and lobbied for and then signed into law legislation raising the age to purchase rifles to 21 from 18. Most of this race is depending on somebody who's not even in the race.

"We can change Washington".

Democrats have been gearing up for the campaign running video spots critical of Scott's terms as governor and his actions in the business world.

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