Incumbent Bill Nelson Concedes Florida Senatorial Election to Rick Scott After Contentious Recount

FILE- In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, file photo Florida Gov. Rick Scott arrives for a meeting at the Capitol in Washington. Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to Scott in the state’s contentious Senate race.

By Published on November 19, 2018

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded the Florida senatorial election to Republican Gov. Rick Scott Sunday.

“I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service,” Scott said in a statement.
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The heated race was been neck-and-neck throughout the duration of the campaign. The race had been too close to call on Election Day, triggering both a machine and hand recount.

Scott has spent over $150 million on his three campaigns combined, more personal funding than any other politician in Florida history, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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His win also marks the first time that Florida will have two Republican senators since the Reconstruction era following the Civil War, according to The Tampa Bay Times. 

Scott was elected governor of Florida in 2010 and has been primarily focused on creating jobs for the state. He has been a staunch advocate of low taxes, which he argues allows for companies to hire more workers and consequently grow the economy.

Nelson, who has held the Senate seat since 2000, advocated for higher taxes, especially on the wealthier tax brackets. He was opposed to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act in 2017, arguing that companies would be more likely to move jobs overseas.


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