>> With my wife by my side, I'm announcing I am running for the US Senate for the great State of Florida.>>
>> Florida's Republican Governor, Rick Scott, says he's running for the Senate. Giving his party a much needed boost as it tries to keep its grip on Capitol Hill.
I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Republicans, for once, have something to cheer about. In an election season where they're largely playing defense. Now that Rick Scott is taking on incumbent Democratic Senator, Bill Nelson. The GOP suddenly has a chance to pick up a seat in Florida. One of the most pivotal battlegrounds in American politics.
That in turn gives them a greater chance of retaining control of the Senate in the November congressional elections. Scott has won statewide election twice as governor, the former healthcare executive spending more than $80 million of his own money to do so. Analysts say that combination of name recognition and deep pockets.
Give Scott a good chance of unseating Nelson this fall. He's been a top supporter of President Donald Trump who has been pushing Scott for months to get into the race.>> We're gonna make sure that Washington works for us.>> Scott drew nationwide coverage in the wake of the Parkland school shootings.
When he defied the gun lobby, tightening state laws so teenagers can't buy assault rifles. With the Senate currently divided 51 to 49 in favor of Republicans. Democrats only need to pick up two seats to win control. Florida Democrats are already hard at work registering voters, and running attack ads.
That accuse Scott of ripping off the government when he ran a hospital company in the 1990s. Democrats have tried this line of attack on Scott before, and it hasn't worked. But this year the political climate is working in their favor. Trump is unpopular and Democratic voters are mobilized in a way we haven't seen for years.
So this Florida race is sure to be one of the marquee battles of 2018. And the outcome could shake Washington for years to come.