TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to announce his bid for U.S. Senate in Orlando.
Scott has already said he will make a “big announcement” on Monday about his political future. The governor is scheduled to make that announcement at an Orlando construction company. The Republican has also scheduled a press conference later in the day in Fort Myers.
Scott, who is leaving office in early 2019 due to term limits, has been mulling a run against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for more than a year.
The 65-year-old governor has been ramping up his criticism of the three-term incumbent in the last few months. The two men have clashed recently over what to do about gun violence.
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President Donald Trump has already publicly encouraged Scott to run.
Nelson is Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat.