Nelson is Florida's only statewide elected Democrat.
Midterm elections are scheduled for November 6, 2018. Scott is a multi-millionaire businessman whose popularity has climbed during his final months in office, despite his sometimes rocky relationship with the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature.
"While it's hard to envision any competitive, top ticket race in this state being won by 7 percent, or 500,000 votes, as this sample now shows the race, it is understandable why the governor has this lead on Nelson with such high job approval, image ratings and positive direction of the state under his watch", said Ryan Tyson, AIF's vice president of political operations.
Wearing a Navy hat and blue shirt, Scott addressed a crowd of supporters gathered inside ODC Construction, a home building company in Orlando. Shortly after Scott's announcement, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rated the race a toss-up.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to finally jumpstart his long-anticipated campaign for U.S. Senate. He has tried to take credit for the state's strong rebound from the Great Recession, pointing to his efforts to cut taxes and regulations while offering businesses incentives to expand in Florida and relocate to the state. "... Now we've got to take that same mission to D.C".
"Scott's self-serving political brand, his administration's failures and a hostile political environment will all cripple his campaign", Myers said. "We have to have term limits on Congress".
Calling the federal government "dysfunctional", Scott declared: "We must change Washington".
Scott also talked about his early life in a family that "struggled for money" and lived in public housing.
"I didn't fit into Tallahassee.because I didn't play the insider games". "And you know what?"
Scott gained more of a nationwide profile recently due to the Parkland school shooting. Ultimately, Scott signed Florida's new law raising the age limit to purchase rifles to 21 and creating a new process enabling law-enforcement to seize guns from someone who is considered a danger.
Scott, however, made several references to his "let's get to work" slogan, which he has used since his first bid for governor in 2010.
"Floridians will have the benefit of a clear-eyed view of a truly dismal record", Dan Gelber, a former state senator and Miami Beach mayor, told the Associated Press. "I don't consider myself any type of anything", in an interview with Politico Sunday.
"I think in this case a lot of the differences between the two of us are going to come out in the course of this campaign", Nelson said.