As we all know, Florida was one of the many states Donald Trump not only won, but flipped during the 2016 election. However, they have a democratic senator, which presents an opportunity to gain more ground in this midterm election. Many pundits have this race as “lean Democrat”, so let’s see if we can change that. It’s important to remember that Florida is a hotbed for politics right now in the wake of Parkland and the gun laws that were implemented here very recently.
Right now, the favorite for the Republican nomination is surprisingly not running yet, incumbent Governor for Florida Rick Scott. In many hypothetical polls, he is neck and neck with the incumbent, Bill Nelson. Rick Scott has, in the past, been a strong supporter of gun rights, scoring an A+ from the NRA, and is most notably a denier of climate change and was in favor of taking it out of the education system.
His opponent, Bill Nelson, has had a long history in politics dating back to 1972, when he was elected for Florida’s 47th district, and is currently the incumbent for both this senate seat and a ranking member on the Senate Commerce Committee.
In 2006, a few years after being elected to the senate, Nelson took a visit down to Syria to meet with Bashar Al-Assad, something that was forbidden by the current Bush administration due to their connections with Hezbollah and Hamas. (Read more here) Nelson is also linked to CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and the Muslim Brotherhood, as an activist linked to them, Ahmed Bedier, donated to Nelson and even co-hosted a fundraiser for him during 2011. (Read more here)
To add to this, Bill Nelson has received an F from the NRA due to his advocacy for gun control, and pushed for a permanent extension to FISA, as well as voting for it as recently as January 2018.
Current polls, as previously mentioned, have put the race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson neck and neck, with a poll putting Scott +10 (read here) and another putting Nelson +4. (read here) Despite this, it’s important to keep in mind that Scott has not even announced his candidacy for the Republican primary yet, despite these hypothetical polls suggesting he would be a strong candidate. It’s for this reason then that I am very tentative about this race, and will likely be re-visiting it to write a second article in a few months time once the dust has settled.
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