Today, Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott announced his bid to unseat vulnerable incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. The announcement comes after immense anticipation that Scott would decide to run, as after two terms he is term-limited in the state of Florida and can no longer run for Governor.
Scott, who has a 58% approval rating in the swing state, enters the race 7-points higher than Nelson’s 51% approval rating. In 2016, Donald Trump won the state of Florida by just 1.2%, giving us a good reason to believe that the race is going to be close.
As of December, Nelson’s campaign has raised $8,044,991. The amount doesn’t offer much of a fight when considering that in the 2014 Florida Gubernatorial election, Scott spent $100 million dollars on the campaign, including $13 million of his own money. Based on 2016 financial disclosures, Scott’s net worth is estimated to be $149 million. If that doesn’t frighten the Democratic Party, it should.
The Democratic Party is already worried that Nelson is vulnerable, as he is a centrist, and thus, will have a hard time energizing progressive Democrats. Scott, on the other hand, has a higher approval rating, the endorsement of the President, and critical acclaim among the members of the Republican Party.
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