Rick Scott’s Senate run gives GOP a boost for 2018

WASHINGTON — It’s been a rough last few months for Republicans when it comes to November’s midterm elections. President Trump’s job-approval rating remains stuck in the 30s and 40s; polls continue to show Democrats with the enthusiasm advantage; Pennsylvania’s new congressional map gives Democrats more House pick-up opportunities; and last month, the GOP lost a special congressional election in a district Trump won by 20 points.

But today, the GOP is getting some good news with NBC News confirming the Politico report that Republican Florida Gov. Sen. Rick Scott will challenge vulnerable Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. Scott is hosting an official announcement on Facebook Live today at 10:00 am ET, per NBC’s Ali Vitali.

Scott’s entry into Florida’s Senate contest:

  • gives the GOP another pick-up opportunity;
  • diverts precious Democratic resources, because Dems will have spend lots of money to keep Nelson competitive with the personally wealthy Scott;
  • means less money for other Democratic incumbents and challengers.

Make no mistake: 2018 is shaping up to be a rough year for the GOP, and Scott’s previous statewide wins (in 2010 and 2014) all came in good Republican years. But today’s news is a helpful shot in the arm for the GOP.

In response, Democrats are up with digital ads reminding voters of the $1.7 billion Medicare-fraud settlement against his company — see here and here.

 

 

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