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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After an easy win in Tuesday’s GOP primary, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading into an increasingly bitter — and expensive — showdown with incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that could play a decisive role in which party controls the Senate.
Scott defeated California businessman Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, who earned attention this year by mounting U.S. Senate bids in multiple states at the same time but did not campaign against Scott at all.
The article goes on to state the following:
Term limits are forcing Scott to leave the governor’s mansion and he was strongly encouraged by many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, to mount a challenge to Nelson.
Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 and is Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat right now. Scott was first elected amid the tea party wave in 2010 but has flipped on some of his hardline positions, including his stance on immigration.
The race is one of stark contrasts: Nelson is a throwback to a bygone era when the state’s Democrats talked with a Southern drawl. He can take five minutes to answer a single question. Scott, a relative newcomer to the state, can seem awkward, but likes to stick to scripted talking points heavy on statistics, usually about job growth.
Thanks to everyone who voted to make me the Republican nominee for US Senate! Together, we will Make Washington Work.
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) August 29, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) August 29, 2018
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