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Rick Scott on Monday entered the U.S. Senate race in Florida, setting the stage for a high-profile and costly race against Democratic Sen.

Scott formally announced his Senate bid on Monday in Orlando after months of speculation that the governor would run.

"I consider any challenger to be a tough one", said Nelson, "and I run like there's no tomorrow". He says Washington is a "disaster" and is calling for congressional term limits. There's a lot of exhausted thinking up there. Scott's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment about how much money had been raised so far. The National Republican Senatorial Committee launched a digital ad Monday that goes after Democrats such as Nelson who voted against the tax bill approved by Congress late past year.

Democrats, if they see a blue wave continue its gonna go against Rick Scott. "I know he's asked me to get into the race".

The contest between Scott and Nelson is expected to be close, hard-fought battle between.

The GOP holds a 51-49 majority in the Senate, but Republicans have many more opportunities to flip seats than do Democrats.

She doesn't support the President's views on immigration and other issues and as a result, is more likely to support Bill Nelson.

That line is nearly an understatement for Scott: The "jobs" message is the raison d'ĂȘtre for his political identity, born in 2010 when faith in the state and national economy were low and unemployment numbers were high.

Governor Rick Scott's longtime Press Secretary Jereima Bustamante died Sunday night after the boat she was in crashed in the Florida Keys. "I've been very clear", he said.

"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.

"I'm going to announce I'm running for senator", the Republican governor said in an interview published by American publication Politico on Monday.

It will also serve as a test for President TrumpDonald John TrumpChinese president vows to "significantly lower" auto import tariff amid trade dispute McConnell sends warning over nomination votes Kudlow confronted over attacks on Obama deficit after rejecting CBO's projections on Trump budget MORE given the White House's efforts to recruit Scott for the race. We don't need another politician in Washington.

CNBC reported that Scott has an A+ rating from the NRA, but signed into law new restrictions on gun purchasing and banned bump stocks after Nicholas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In his remarks in Orlando, at a construction firm in the city, Scott called for term limits for Congress and said that in Florida's capital, he never really fit in as a businessman.