Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces his candidacy for US Senate

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The large influx of Puerto Ricans to Florida after the hurricane makes them a potentially pivotal voting group this year.

Late last month, he teased everyone about a big announcement that would happen on April 9. Paula Hawkins, a Republican, in the 1986 Senate race.

Scott was first elected governor in 2010 but he can not run again because of term limits. "We need to shake up Washington".

The haul bests the $2.4 million for the previous quarter and Nelson now has about $10.5 million cash on hand for what will be a wildly expensive contest with Gov. Rick Scott. "Now we have to take that same mission to D.C". He says Washington is a "disaster" and is calling for congressional term limits.

"We can change Washington".

"Washington is a disaster; there's [sic] a lot of old, exhausted thinking up there, [and] it's not heading in the right direction", Scott said. Ten of those seats - including Nelson's - are in states President Trump won in 2016.

Scott made no mention of Trump, or whether he backs the president's policies.

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"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow - regardless of my opponent", Nelson said in the statement.

Asked if he considers himself a "Donald Trump Republican", Scott told Politico that "I consider myself Rick Scott".

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Scott also recounted Florida's recovery from the recession under his leadership, pointing to job creation, tax cuts, a reduction in state debt and a record numbers in tourism.

When Scott first entered politics, he appeared anxious with crowds and was an awkward speaker. "And the business community has really shown up".

"If not for the Affordable Care Act I would not have access to quality health care", he said, adding, "we are not unaware that health care is hanging".

However, the Republican-affiliated Associated Industries of Florida polling finds that Scott might be leading by as many as seven points.

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Nelson is the only statewide elected Democrat and has held some form of elected or appointed office since 1972. She also highlights the deaths of 14 seniors in a nursing home during Hurricane Irma a year ago as well as accused Scott of deflecting blame for the Parkland shooting in February and the Florida International University bridge collapse that killed six people in March.

But Scott ended 2017 with a 58 percent approval rating in Morning Consult's polling, putting him in a tie for the 11th most popular governor in America.

Scott previously won two close races for governor. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they approved of Nelson, while 34 percent said they disapproved, according to the survey.

Democrats have raised questions regarding whether Scott has used the blind trusts to hide potential profits earned since taking office. "Well, Governor Scott has done, in my opinion, an excellent job".

Scott gained more of a nationwide profile recently due to the Parkland school shooting.

Scott's candidacy is a bright spot for Republicans in a year where Democratic enthusiasm is expected to be overwhelming, as evidenced by the recent wave of recent Democratic victories in special elections in Alabama and Pennsylvania. "This concept of career politicians has got to stop".

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