It also offers a test of whether a tight alliance with Trump provides more help or harm in the current political environment. Nelson is one of 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election in states Trump won in 2016, and Republicans have repeatedly bested Democrats in most statewide Florida midterm races since 2006 - though Nelson's win was one of two Democratic victories that year.
Gov. Rick Scott will challenge incumbent Sen. They've tried a lot of things - it just didn't work. The report confirmed months of speculation over Scott's prospective candidacy.
Crist, a former Republican governor who is now a Democratic member of Congress, lost a 2010 Senate race while running as an independent. Gov.
Mr. Nelson has said that Mr. Scott hadn't gone far enough, with the increase in the purchase age representing only the "bare minimum".
Scott bluntly said that he is running on "a jobs platform". "We don't need another politician in Washington - it's full of politicians, and that's why it's broken", he said.
But Mr. Nelson's prior rivals were considered weak, a trend that changes with the entry of Mr. Scott into the race. A Quinnipiac University poll of Florida voters in late February found that Trump had only a 42 percent approval rating.
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"You have to remember that you're going to be part of a larger body of senators from all over the United States", said Sen. President Donald Trump and national Republicans have been encouraging Scott to run for months.
Jereima "Jeri" Bustamante, 33, press secretary to Gov. Rick Scott since 2014, died Sunday evening after the boat she was riding in crashed into a stand of mangroves in a narrow channel off Islamorada. "I've been very clear", he continued.
"We are encouraged that pro-life Governor Rick Scott has entered the Senate race in Florida", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, a group that seeks to reduce and end abortion. Holding Mr. Nelson's seat is imperative for Democratic hopes of retaking the Senate, or at least blocking Republicans from expanding their majority. Bill Nelson at an event for ODC Construction in Orlando.
"I didn't fit into Tallahassee.because I didn't play the insider games".
However, heading into the Senate race, Scott's popularity numbers are his best since he emerged on the Florida political scene.
Democrats have been anticipating Scott's move and have ramped up criticism, noting that he was forced out as chief executive of Columbia/HCA amid a federal fraud investigation.
Less than two hours before Scott's announcement on Monday, the DSCC also circulated a 2015 editorial from the Tampa Bay Times that referred to Scott as "the state's worst governor in the last half-century" after he declined to take Medicaid expansion funding.