Florida Gov. Rick Scott Floats 2018 Senate Run

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is floating the possibility of running for Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D-FL) seat in 2018.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Scott told donors that he’s interested in challenging Nelson when he would be up for re-election at the end of his third term.

The Times argues that a Senate run might actually make a little more sense than a presidential run for Scott, who has made a habit of approaching national topics like Obamacare. Scott just barely won his last gubernatorial elections against Democrat Alex Sink and Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Scott’s last election wasn’t without some unusual bumps, including during a debate when he refused to take the stage until Crist got rid of a small fan he had with him.

This isn’t the first time talk has turned to a Nelson/Scott match-up. Nelson has toyed with the idea of running for governor against Scott. However, the oldest, currently-sitting U.S. governor, Jerry Brown of California, was 72 when he was inaugurated. Nelson will be 76 in 2018.

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