Politics

Buzz: Nelson has best chance to beat Scott

June 27, 2013

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D) is seen by many around the state as having the best chance of defeating Gov. Rick Scott next year. Nelson is being actively sought as a candidate by Democrats from Miami to Jacksonville to Tampa to Northwest Florida.

Newly-minted Democrat Charlie Crist is simply not getting the traction. Progressives don’t trust him. He has switched parties three times as well as positions on almost every key issue–gun control, health care, education, etc. Many see him as a closet homosexual–an anachronism in an age when gay politicians have been accepted and won elections.

The Democrats simply don’t believe that Crist can beat Scott in the 2014 general election.

On the other hand, Sen. Nelson is a proven winner. He will rake in campaign contributions and has the campaign organization to win the governor’s race.

The buzz is Nelson will make his announcement –either yes or no — in July. My prediction is Nelson will enter the race.

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  • Answering the Q June 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

    yes Sen Nelson can run and not have to give up his seat- But, if he beats RS, Sen Nelson will not be able to appoint- he has to resign effective the election day bc FS says that a person cannot be elected to two positions, (the resign to run part the exclusion being federal seats)….since he would not take the office until the first Monday of January, RS would be able to appoint the seat– if he wants to

  • Michael Lowery June 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I believe if Senator Nelson runs he does not have to give up his senate seat unless he wins. Therefore then he would appoint the open seat. If he loses he remains in his seat. Rick – am I correct in this observation?

  • Got2BGood June 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Rick-
    SOOOoo lets play political poker. If Senator Nelson runs and wins… What does that do to Senator Rubio’s hand on the 2016 Presidential race? Does Florida lose two strong Senate seats? Florida becomes, yet again the swing state for General Election….Your thoughts?? This is really getting interesting

  • L.Laird June 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

    If Senator Bill runs, does that mean Nelson gives up his Senate seat? Then Gov Rick can appoint him self to the US Senate…works for me

    • Rick Outzen June 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Only if he wins.