Governor Rick Scott running for Senate in showdown with Bill Nelson

Governor Rick Scott running for Senate in showdown with Bill Nelson

Nelson is an establishment candidate, which Scott clearly hopes to emphasize.

Anticipating Scott's entry into the race, Democrats have spent months readying their attacks on his two terms in Tallahassee.

"Washington is horribly dysfunctional". "There's a lot of old exhausted thinking up there".

"I'm not accepting the same result". We don't need another politician in Washington.

The time and location of the announcement was not made official until hours before it started, but four Democratic protesters made it in time to stand outside and wave signs stating, "No to Scott in U.S. Senate" and "Health care is not a luxury". He has tried to take credit for the state's strong rebound from the Great Recession, pointing to his efforts to cut taxes and regulations while offering businesses incentives to expand in Florida and relocate to the state.

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"People are flocking to Florida because this is where people can live the dream of this country", Scott said.

"We're going to continue to be the best friend in the world for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and in the United States", Scott said. While most recent polls give Nelson a slight lead, many are within the margin of error and indicate the race to be a toss-up.

Scott also promoted his candidacy with a focus on jobs, terms limits for legislators and an end to what he called Washington's "dysfunctional, old, exhausted thinking". While Trump carried the state, Democrats and even some Republican believe that his closeness to Trump could be a liability if the president's approval numbers don't improve.

But he did not reveal that whether or not Trump would campaign for him. At Monday's event, Scott, 65, called for term limits in Congress to "stop career politicians". This has the potential to become the biggest midterm race this year. Scott spoke in Spanish during the event and talked up his efforts to support Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria a year ago. Ten of those seats - including Nelson's - are in states President Trump won in 2016.

Scott says his investments in Florida's environment have been historic.

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And then there was 2012, when Barack Obama won Florida in his re-election bid by less than 75,000 votes out of more than 8.4 million cast, a margin that would have been notable for its razor's edge, were it not for the fact that we all survived - barely - the 2000 election.

Rick Scott, in a button-down blue shirt and Navy ball cap, waded into a crowd of supporters Monday, with the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico by his side, and declared he wants to be Florida's next US senator.

A Quinnipiac University poll from February 27 had Nelson up by four percentage points. "I don't consider myself any type of anything", in an interview with Politico Sunday.

"I think Rick Scott will say and do anything to try to get elected, but I've always thought that if you just try to do the right thing, the politics is going to take care of itself", he said.

The race will likely be an expensive one for both parties as they focus on gaining control of the Senate.

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Rick Scott on Monday entered the U.S. Senate race in Florida, setting the stage for a high-profile and costly race against Democratic Sen.

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