Florida Senate race between Scott, Nelson is expected to be competitive, expensive

The match-up between incumbent Democrat Sen., Bill Nelson (left) and Republican Gov. Rick Scott (right) for Florida in the U.S. Senate seat as a “clash of the titans.”

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Florida elections are usually quite competitive, and the race for the open U.S. Senate seat, is not the design to be different.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat sen. Bill Nelson have proven to be the frontrunner in what is expected to be a very expensive choice.

The fact that a sitting U.S. senator and a sitting Governor is likely to place in the race, is a rarity, Dr. Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida professor and expert on Floridian politics, told Fox News.

“There are two people working with the understanding of the grassroots-level, two politicians with two different ways of looking at the world,” MacManus. “It is a clash of the titans, I’d say.”

Here is a look at the contentious Senate primary race before the 28 of August.

The Republicans

Rick Scott the Governor of Florida since 2011-this is the first political office he has held.

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Gov. Rick Scott, 65, officially announced his candidacy for the Senate in April 2018.

In order to win, Scott should not try to paint himself as a political outsider – after all, he the last seven years spent as Florida’s Governor – but discuss congressional term limits as a way to differentiate themselves from the Democratic incumbent, Bill Nelson, was involved in Florida politics for decades, sen, MacManus said.

He should also tout his success, the jobs to the state Scott, in announcing his candidacy, said nearly 1.5 million jobs were added, under his ECB; PolitiFact said Scott brought up about 86 percent of the jobs he promised, the state – and he still has a few more months in office.

Scott, who is term-limited, got his first experience in Florida politics as its Governor. He is a Navy veteran.

Also gunning for the Republican nomination of Roque De La Fuente, who sought office this year in a handful of States, including California.

The Democrats

The incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida in the US has represented Senate since 2001.

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Incumbent sen Bill Nelson, 75, has represented Florida in the Senate for more than 17 years. Previously, he was a senator, he served in the state legislature and the U.S. House.

It was while he was a Congressman, that he was able to join the crew of the space shuttle Columbia in 1986 for a period of six days.

To win, Nelson, must be able to come to the voters, especially minorities, to vote, Dr. Gregory Koger, a political science professor at the University of Miami, told Fox News.

“I think if he campaigns like a real Democrat, a true member of the party, the said interest in the presidential review, which is likely to be a strong message for him,” Koger.

In the Senate, Nelson Services, and Finance, served on the Armed committees.

Nelson has not had a serious Challenger since the year 2000.

The District

Trump just the Democrat Hillary Clinton in Florida in the 2016 presidential defeated race by less than 2 percentage points, according to Fox News’ election results.

Fox News has as the choice a toss-up.

“Florida state-wide elections are usually quite competitive,” said Dr. Kevin Wagner, a Florida Atlantic University political scientist, told Fox News. “Florida is a purple state that no side can win, and that is always uncommon [National].”

“The fact that the President, essentially, who lives here, comes in on a regular basis, it will not be said for the Republicans in the state that you know him or of him.”

– Dr. Gregory Koger, University of Miami political science professor

Wagner said both sides need a assistance from their national parties in order to win in the fall.

“Florida is a very large state and a very expensive state,” Wagner said, adding that Scott might have a slight advantage, as he had shown, by his gubernatorial campaigns, he is willing to spend his own money.

The Problems

President Trump: It is inevitable that the President has a role to play in the race – for better or for worse, depending on voters ‘ opinions of trump. It is not unusual for midterm elections to be a kind of “proxy, as the President does,” Wagner said.

But Trump, the visibility is surely more pronounced in the state’s Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach, resort in Florida, as the “winter White House”.

“The fact that the President, essentially, who lives here, comes in on a regular basis, it will not be said for the Republicans in the state that you know him, or you stay away from him,” Koger said. “His presence here is a constant reminder of the agenda of this government.”

“So much more than the other States, this election is probably said a referendum on the President, and the good for the Republican party,” Koger.

Gun control: In less than two years, Florida has seen two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history – the pulse night club attack in the year 2016 and the Parkland high school shooting in 2018.

Despite its A-plus rating with the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobbying firm, the Scott ultimately signed Florida’s new law raising the age limit for buying guns to 21 and create a new process, the law enforcement authorities to confiscate the weapons of someone as a danger.

Nelson has guns for universal background checks and a ban on certain types of semi-automatic.

Puerto Rico: after the devastating hurricanes in the year 2017, particularly hurricane Maria, more than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have, after Florida pulled, at least temporarily, according to NBC News. And neither Nelson nor Scott have wasted time in recruiting the voices of those who have moved to the Sunshine State.

“The administration’s poor response to Puerto Rico will probably hurt Rick Scott,” Koger said, although she added that Scott was “anti-immigrant as a President Trump.”

Both Nelson and Scott Puerto Rico have visited since the hurricanes. Wagner noted that there is a high turnout among this demographic of people, but the cyclones might change in the rule this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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