FL Senate: Rick Scott Wins

Posted: Nov 07, 2018 12:04 AM

Gov. Rick Scott (R) has unseated Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in the Florida Senate race.

Despite playing "keep away" from the president earlier in the campaign, Scott embraced Trump's help last week when he came to campaign for him.

Throughout the campaign, Scott accused Nelson of being too power hungry. Nelson began his political career in 1972.

"He's Washington," Scott said of Nelson. "He wants to stay there forever."

Scott made history of his own. With he and Marco Rubio representing Florida, they are the first two Republican senators from the state since the Reconstruction era. 

Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Blaise Ingoglia congratulated Scott in a statement Wednesday morning.

"The RPOF congratulates Senator-elect Rick Scott for a hard-fought victory, and thanks him for his selfless and successful tenure as Florida Governor," Ingoglia said. "Tonight, the people of the Sunshine State sent Bill Nelson into retirement after 46 years of being nothing but an empty suit in Washington, D.C.  Gov. Scott, on the other hand, has been a champion for Florida, and there is no doubt we can expect the same tenacity from him as U.S. Senator.  We look forward to having two Republican Senators representing the State of Florida and actually getting things done.”