2018 U.S. Senate Race

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Floridians will have to wait a little longer to get official word about who will be the state’s next agriculture commissioner and who will serve in the U.S. Senate.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
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Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign and the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida have filed a lawsuit against the state’s Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, challenging the rejection of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots based on voter signatures.

Quinnipiac Poll: Nelson Has 7 Point Lead Over Scott In Senate Race

Nov 5, 2018
Via Associated Press and flgov.com

A Quinnipiac Poll released Monday has Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson with a 51 to 44 percent lead over Republican challenger and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott.

Across Florida blooms of toxic algae are threatening beaches and waterways.

Now the algae stands to influence the state’s top political races.

In Cocoa Beach the afternoon is mild, the sky is bright and the surf is breaking. But Tony Sasso can’t stop coughing.

Armed with ominous hyperbole and the aura of “winning,” President Donald Trump flew into Southwest Florida on Wednesday night to whip the Republican vote ahead of Tuesday’s elections and save America from the Democrats.

Less than a week from an election that could propel him toward reelection in 2020 or ensnare him in a fight for political survival, Trump warned the Sunshine State faithful that an Andrew Gillum governorship would take Florida’s purring economy and turn it into a Venezuela-like recession.

Andrew Gillum continues to lead in the latest governor’s race poll from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

The poll of likely voters, released Tuesday, shows 49 percent of respondents plan to vote for Gillum, the Democratic nominee, while 43 percent plan to vote for the Republican candidate, Ron DeSantis. Seven percent of voters said they are undecided.        

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson (left) and Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott (right).
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A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Democratic incumbent Senator Bill Nelson with a six point lead over his Republican challenger, Florida Governor Rick Scott, but a prominent University of North Florida pollster says that result is skewed because the poll’s sample of likely voters has too many self identified independents and non-party affiliated voters.

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Wednesday's cancellation of a scheduled CNN U.S. Senate debate between incumbant Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott has triggered a flurry of accusations between the campaigns.

In the days leading up to Hurricane Michael’s landfall, Gov. Rick Scott did what any Florida governor would do: warn people. After the storm passed, Scott shifted from warnings to gravitas.

But his appearances were more significant than previous storm responses (Michael is the fourth hurricane Scott has had to respond to in his eight years as governor). 

With elections just under three weeks away in Florida, candidates – especially those for governor and U.S. Senate – know that voters could cast their ballots based on how candidates responded to the storm.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson (left) and Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott (right).
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Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has a razor-thin lead against GOP challenger Gov. Rick Scott in the latest Mason-Dixon poll.

Senator Bill Nelson and Governor Rick Scott squared off for the first of their three debates in Florida's U.S. Senate race.

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Democrat Andrew Gillum has a slight lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election while Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott are neck and neck in the Senate race, according to a new poll of likely voters from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

Via News Service of Florida

On Thursday’s one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Gov. Rick Scott made his eighth trip to Puerto Rico since the storm left the U.S. territory in tatters.

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Little more than a month before their showdown for a U.S. Senate seat, Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott will square off Oct. 2 in a debate hosted by Telemundo, the campaigns announced. 

Federal officials this week advised Florida’s top elections official they “have not seen new or ongoing compromises,” as Gov. Rick Scott and Republicans ratchet up political attacks over a statement by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that “Russians are in Florida’s election records.”

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