GOP’s U.S. Senate Hopes Boosted by Gov. Rick Scott’s Entry in Florida GOP’s U.S. Senate Hopes Boosted by Gov. Rick Scott’s Entry in Florida – NTK Network

GOP’s U.S. Senate Hopes Boosted by Gov. Rick Scott’s Entry in Florida

The Florida governor will enter the U.S. Senate race against Bill Nelson, a career politician who's fighting for his political life in 2018.

By NTK Staff | 04.09.2018 @9:45am

GOP hopes to keep, and potentially expand, their U.S. Senate majority improved on Monday with the expected entry of Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) into the U.S. Senate race in Florida.

Scott, who was expected to announce his Senate run at 10am ET on Monday, will take on career politician Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), in what is now expected to be one of the top races in the country in 2018.

Scott is a popular governor. As of the end of 2017, his approval rating in Florida, as measured by Morning Consult, was 58 percent. Less than a third of Florida voters (31 percent) disapproved of Scott.

In an interview with Politico, Scott suggested that he would neither run as a “Donald Trump Republican” nor an anti-Trump Republican in the Sunshine State, merely saying he’ll run as “Rick Scott.”

“I consider myself Rick Scott. I don’t consider myself any type of anything,” the governor told POLITICO in an exclusive interview Sunday when asked if he considers himself a “Donald Trump Republican.”

“I run on what I believe in. I’ve been very clear,” he said. “People ask me that a bunch of times, about ‘Are you this or are you that?’ No. I’m Rick Scott. I grew up poor. I believe in jobs.”

Scott may represent one of the GOP’s best pickup opportunities in 2018.

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