The re-election bid of Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) may cost as much as $100 million, according to a report published in Politico on Wednesday.
Scott, who has been beset by anemic approval ratings and low personal popularity throughout his first term in office, may need every penny when he seeks re-election next year. A poll released in mid-December showed that more than half of Sunshine State voters do not think Scott deserves a second term.
Scott spent a little less than $75 million of his own fortune to win election in 2010, but he said last year that he does not expect to bankroll his re-election campaign.
The report in Politico quoted an anonymous source who said that Scott's internal budget will be $100 million if the Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist is the incumbent's general election opponent. A poll released last month indicated that Crist could easily defeat Scott.