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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Uses Trump Model to Launch Senate Bid

12 April 2018

In a Monday morning video tweet Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

His opponent Nelson is one of the ten Democratic senators running in states Trump won in 2016, and with polls showing a potential race likely to be tight, the national party is likely to spend a great deal of money to try to keep the seat.

Clad in a blue, long-sleeved shirt and wearing his signature Navy baseball cap, Scott made his long-anticipated announcement at an Orlando construction company. Nelson has said Scott has not done enough - he wants universal background checks and a ban on certain types of semi-automatic rifles.

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"We have to all acknowledge that Washington's a disaster. It's dysfunctional. There is a lot of old, exhausted thinking up there", Scott said.

Zelden concedes this may not be the best timing for Scott, in building a Senate campaign in 2018, during a time Zelden says the winds of politics seem to be blowing in the opposite direction.

The matchup between Scott and Nelson is one of the marquee Senate races in the country and one that could determine who controls the chamber in November. "Anyone who ever spent time with Jeri knows what a terrific and selfless person she was". Nelson, a former astronaut, has widespread support in the Democratic Party and has easily won his past senate terms. The Senate Majority PAC pushed out an ad this past weekend "as part of a six-figure campaign this week blasting Scott for cutting businesses' taxes while raising property taxes and slashing education funding". Bill Nelson, 75, and the conventional wisdom that this is not a Republican year.

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"(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 about whether Rick Scott can go be a consensus builder for the state of Florida, which Sen. He announced his entry into this election on his social media where he also reviewed his two terms that he served as governor of the sunshine state. "That is why workers like me will be spending our free time to help him win", she said. "I always take things seriously, and I run like there's no tomorrow. I'm not going to fit into Washington either".

"We can change Washington". Politico rightly described this race as one that could prove if an alliance with Trump "is political poison or a pathway to success in the nation's biggest swing state".

Much will depend on the strength of populism in this midterm cycle. Last month, he signed into law new gun restrictions in response to a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students and faculty staff members dead in February.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Uses Trump Model to Launch Senate Bid