Former Leon Election Supervisor Raises Concerns With Scott Senate Run

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested Scott should run for Senate.

Bill Nelson (D) slammed Rick Scott on Monday after the Republican governor announced his bid for Nelson's Senate seat, saying Scott "will say and do anything to try to get elected". "Together let's get Washington to work", he said.

The multi-millionaire businessman has been governor for two terms-touting his achievements in job growth, tax cuts and debt reduction.

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

The haul bests the $2.4 million for the previous quarter and Nelson now has about $10.5 million cash on hand for what will be a wildly expensive contest with Gov. Rick Scott. Ten of those seats - including Nelson's - are in states President Trump won in 2016.

"Rick Scott has been very visible as a governor, very active as a governor". "But, Nelson's going to have to run a good campaign".

"He's not mentioned Trump at all, he's trying to keep his distance", Nelson said.

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

During his campaign speech, Scott cited the turnaround in Florida's economy during his time in office.

Nelson, a longtime lawmaker who famously went through NASA training and spent six days orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia, is the only statewide elected Democrat. Scott was an early endorser and will be linked to the unpopular president by Democrats. Although Scott was never charged with any wrongdoing, the health care conglomerate paid a then-record $1.7 billion fine for Medicare fraud.

The approach made Scott one of the most unpopular governors in the nation, but that has changed in recent years as Scott has moderated his tone and his policy proposals - he backed Medicaid expansion at one point and has pushed for more environmental spending - while making outreach efforts to a broader spectrum of voters, particularly Hispanics.

The race has also acquired unique dynamics in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland in February. In the past, the National Rifle Association has praised the governor's record on gun laws.

"While it's hard to envision any competitive, top ticket race in this state being won by 7 percent, or 500,000 votes, as this sample now shows the race, it is understandable why the governor has this lead on Nelson with such high job approval, image ratings and positive direction of the state under his watch", said Ryan Tyson, AIF's vice president of political operations. "We shouldn't be sending the same old exhausted people to Washington". Sancho spoke on behalf of the Florida Democratic Party. He is term-limited from running for a third time. His only notable election loss came in 1990 when he lost a Democratic primary for governor.

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. Now, he's much more relaxed and self-assured.

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