Rick Scott leads as Senator in a tight race
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In a contentious race, Florida Gov. Rick Scott was elected Senator for the state of Florida. He clinched a victory with 50.2 percent of the vote, while Democratic opposition Bill Nelson fell behind with 49.8 percent.
After two terms as governor, Scott will continue to represent Florida in Washington D.C. He ousted Bill Nelson, who served three six-year terms. With his victory, he will join Marco Rubio in the Senate, meaning that both Florida Senate seats will be held by Republicans.
He ran on a campaign endorsed by President Trump that refused to take a stance on climate change and promised a tax decrease statewide.
Scott faced many controversies at the beginning of his campaign, including blame for Red Tide and accusations of defrauding Medicare in the 1990s. Despite this, he had the advantage of running as a sitting governor who had been praised for handling crises like Hurricane Irma. He also contributed $20.7 million of his own funds into his campaigns, making it one of the most expensive races in the midterm election.
Because of victories like Scott’s across the nation, the Republicans managed to maintain control of the U.S. Senate.