It had previously ranked only four Senate races featuring Democratic incumbents as toss-up races, with all four in states that President Donald Trump won by at least 19 percentage points. If we had worked to reduce the power and reach of the presidency and executive authority in general, perhaps that might change Washington for the better, eh?
There's "a lot of old, exhausted thinking up there", Scott said. "This concept of career politicians has got to stop".
Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera said, "Jeri was a part of our team for many years".
Scott made his announcement in a small warehouse and loading area at ODC Construction, a company with 400 employees that Scott has touted as an example of how his policies have led to job growth.
"Instead of creating the jobs our state needs for the future, over half the counties in Florida are worse off today than before the recession". He didn't rent a big stadium.
Scott, a multi-millionaire businessman, has served in the governor's mansion since 2011, and is leaving office due to term limits. He had been urged to challenge Nelson by President Trump.
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Mr. Scott has a close relationship with Mr. Trump, who won Florida by a single percentage point, and those personal ties are likely to become a focal point of the race.
Scott last month publicly broke with his longtime allies at the National Rifle Association to sign new gun regulations into law.
Mr. Scott, a multimillionaire, spent almost $100 million on his gubernatorial bids, including more than $60 million of his own money, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Although Scott was never charged with any wrongdoing, the healthcare conglomerate paid a then record $1.7bn fine for Medicare fraud. "He looked at the men and women who wake up every day and make Florida happen as his enemy", said AFSCME, which represents 100,000 Florida workers. Bill Nelson in a year that is expected to favor Democrats.
Nelson, who talks with a Southern accent, began his political career in the era when Democrats controlled Florida government. "Together, let's get Washington to work".
"Rick Scott has spent seven years ignoring Florida's middle class, while enriching himself and his political cronies by millions of dollars", said Joshua Karp, a spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC that promotes Democratic candidates. "This state showed up and we helped Puerto Rico who came here and we showed up in Puerto Rico", Scott said. "He's going to have access to a lot of money in the campaign, so this is going to be definitely Senator Nelson's toughest campaigns", she said.