Florida Gov. Rick Scott formally announces run for Senate, challenging Bill Nelson

Gov. Scott plans 'major announcement' Monday

Gov. Rick Scott preps for Senate run vs. Bill Nelson

Earlier today, Florida Republican Rick Scott announced his run for Senate against democrat Sen.

On Monday, the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan political forecaster, changed its rating on the Florida Senate race to "toss-up" from "lean Democratic", reflecting Mr. Scott's entry into the race. Scott's entrance into the race sets up a showdown for a seat held by Democrats for almost 20 years, and could have an impact on majority control in the upper chamber. Bill Nelson by slamming "career politicians" and calling Washington, D.C., a "disaster".

In his last election in 2012, Nelson earned 55 percent of the vote, outperforming Democratic then-President Barack Obama in Florida.

"Some say as governor I have never fit in or played by the political rules in Tallahassee " Mr. Scott said.

Addressing a crowd in Orlando, Scott also called Florida the "melting pot of the world" and touted his accomplishments as governor.

Scott is a multimillionaire who had not run for office before he won a gubernatorial election in 2010.

Sen. Marco Rubio has stirred speculation about how much he'll do to support Rick Scott over Bill Nelson but this morning went on Twitter to ask his followers to support the Republican governor.

Prior to entering politics, Scott served in the U.S. Navy, worked as a lawyer and later owned and was chief executive of a healthcare company. Bill Nelson, setting up what could be one of the most highly-watched races in the country.

The Florida Senate battle will be a microcosm of national Republicans' fight to keep control of Congress under President Trump, whose policies and demeanor have invigorated Democratic voters. Scott backed Trump in the 2016 election and also "chaired a super PAC for Trump that raised $20 million". I mean the U.S. Senate is a place where you have to work well with people or you can't get anything done.

Nelson is the only statewide elected Democrat and was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

"Rick Scott supports Puerto Rico because he cares", Hernandez said.

He told Blitzer he hopes he moderates a debate between him and Scott.

Scott has recently been in the national spotlight, amid hurricane recovery efforts and February's school shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The Democrats have shown some fear in Scott as they've spent a long time preparing for his announcement.

Next week, Scott, who is term-limited in his current post, is expected to travel to Washington to raise money for his campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his plans.

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