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Will Rick Scott Challenge Bill Nelson? Here Are 2 Signs He Will

The Florida governor has long been rumored to be the top challenger to vulnerable Democrat Bill Nelson.

By NTK Staff | 02.01.2018 @1:00pm
Will Rick Scott Challenge Bill Nelson? Here Are 2 Signs He Will

Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) has not yet publicly declared his intentions to run for U.S. Senate, but political observers believe the Naples native could be inching closer to an announcement.

If he runs, Scott would face three-term incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in the country in 2018.

While Scott continues to mull a Senate candidacy, two factors are pointing to yes.

First, Politico reported Thursday that Scott “raised more than $1.1 million for a super PAC he recently revived and stocked it with top consultants from his previous campaigns.”

Scott self-funded his first run for governor in 2010 and lent his 2014 re-election campaign $12.8 million in the final days of that race. But he’s been eager to get away from that approach, and raising money is a nearly-universal sign that a candidate is serious about running

Second, Scott’s poll numbers are improving significantly. According to a Morning Consult poll released Thursday, Scott’s approval numbers saw a seven-point jump in the final quarter of 2017:

Scott finished 2017 on an upswing (7 net points) in popularity in the Sunshine State compared to the prior quarter. Fifty-eight percent of voters in Florida approved of Scott during the fourth quarter, compared with 31 percent who disapproved.

Scott maintained strong support from GOP voters during the last six months of the year, from 79 percent in the third quarter to 82 percent the following three months. His approval numbers among independents also increased, from 47 percent to 53 percent, along with an 8-point gain among Democrats, during the same time period.

With an upward trend in polling, particularly when the biggest gains occur among independents and Democrats, Scott is in a strong position to launch a campaign.

The Florida governor has said an announcement about his intentions won’t come until after his final legislative session ends in March, but these two factors indicate that when the time comes, Scott just might say ‘yes’ to another campaign.

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