Tal­la­has­see

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Se­nate bat­tle: Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Scott jumped into the U.S. Se­nate race this week, ce­ment­ing Florida’s sta­tus as a key bat­tle­ground in this year’s midterm elec­tions. The two-term gover­nor, who has no se­ri­ous pri­mary op­po­nents, will face in­cum­bent Demo­crat Bill Nel­son in what’s ex­pected to be one of the most ex­pen­sive races in the coun­try. Scott alone is ex­pected to spend up­wards of $150 mil­lion on the race, mainly on TV ads. The wealthy for­mer health-care ex­ec­u­tive spent tens of mil­lions of his own for­tune on his two gu­ber­na­to­rial cam­paigns, win­ning each race by a roughly 1-point mar­gin. Re­cent polling shows Nel­son and Scott es­sen­tially tied. Repub­li­cans are ex­pected to suf­fer heavy na­tional losses in House seats, but Scott’s en­try into the race could boost their chances of hold­ing, or even ex­pand­ing, their Se­nate ma­jor­ity. Nel­son is one of 10 Demo­cratic se­na­tors run­ning for re-elec­tion in a state won by Pres­i­dent Trump.

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