BREAKING: Winner announced in Florida’s heated Senate race between Rick Scott and incumbent Bill Nelson
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Republican Rick Scott, running for Senate after two terms as Florida governor, beat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in 2018’s most expensive Senate race, boosting the GOP’s odds of expanding their Senate majority.
Scott used a huge amount of campaign cash — much of it his own — and his position as a Washington outsider to beat Nelson, a relatively popular incumbent who nevertheless failed to inspire much excitement in a campaign year when Democrats were energized in many races across the country. Scott’s spending advantage helped him build an early polling lead, and Nelson was never quite able to close the gap.
The article goes on to state the following:
Nelson was one of 10 Senate Democrats running for reelection in a state Donald Trump won in 2016. Trump loomed large over the race in Florida: Scott had initially associated himself closely with the president but later tried to put some distance between them on issues like Puerto Rico, where the president suggested that the death toll after Hurricane Maria had been exaggerated.
BREAKING: Decision Desk HQ reports that Republican Rick Scott has won Florida’s Senate race, defeating Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and giving the Republicans another Senate seat
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 7, 2018
— Carlos Lopez-Cantera (@LopezCantera) November 7, 2018
Another giant win for Republicans, Rick Scott has flipped the Florida Senate seat away from Democrat Bill Nelson. Republicans win the Senate and Governor races in Florida. Democrats strikeout on the big races in Florida again. #ElectionNight #Midterm2018
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 7, 2018
Republican Gov. Rick Scott has won the race for Senate in Florida.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) November 7, 2018
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