Florida Gov. Rick Scott Enters Senate Race, Setting Up Expensive Challenge To Democrat Bill Nelson
The following is an excerpt from Emily Goodin | April 9, 2018 | abcnews.go.com |
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced his challenge to incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday, setting up an epic election battle that could help determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
“This is going to be a lot of fun,” Scott said in a video on his Facebook page.
The race is expected to be one of the most expensive in election history.
Not only is Florida an expensive state in which to run a campaign – given its size and its pricey TV market – but Scott has the personal wealth to invest in the race. He put $83 million of his own money into his two gubernatorial campaigns, according to local newspapers. And Nelson is a strong fundraiser, with $8 million cash on hand at the end of the year, according to Federal Election Commission reports. His campaign hasn't released his first quarter 2018 numbers yet, which are due April 15.
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