United States Senate election in Florida, 2018

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United States Senate election in Florida, 2018

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  Rick Scott (cropped).jpg Bill Nelson.jpg
Nominee Rick Scott Bill Nelson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 4,097,689 4,085,086
Percentage 50.1% 49.9%

U.S. Senator before election

Bill Nelson
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

TBD

The 2018 United States Senate election in Florida was held on November 6, 2018, alongside a gubernatorial election, U.S. House elections, and other state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson ran for re-election to a fourth term. Initial results showed Nelson losing to incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott, though Scott's lead is small enough that it is expected to trigger an automatic recount under Florida law.[1] One of many races rated as "Tossup" in the 2018 Senate elections, the race attracted millions in campaign spending, from both the campaigns and from outside groups.

As of November 10, 2018, Scott's lead over Nelson remains below the half-percent threshold requisite for an automatic recount under Florida law.[2][3] Scott declared victory.[4] The race is undergoing a state-mandated recount.

Background[edit]

As of the second quarter of 2018, incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson had a 44%-34% approval rating among his constituents.[5] Republican President Donald Trump also held a positive approval rating of 49%-47% in Florida as of August 2018.[6] Trump won the state in 2016 by 1.2% over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Nelson was challenged by term-limited Governor Rick Scott, who has contributed more than $86 million of his own fortune into two successful gubernatorial bids in 2010 and 2014.[7] Despite having won re-election in 2012 by a 13% margin, Nelson is seen as vulnerable; he is the only statewide elected Democrat in the state. Nelson has been described as a "low-key centrist" that may not be able to energize progressive voters.[8]

Scott announced his candidacy on April 9, 2018, weeks after his last regular 60-day legislative session as governor.[9] Scott was encouraged by President Trump to enter the Senate race.[10] During the campaign, Scott has sought to avoid mentioning President Trump and at times criticized or distanced himself from actions of the Trump administration, whereas in the past used his friendship with Trump to boost his profile and been an early and vocal supporter of Trump in 2016.[11][12] According to The Tampa Bay Times, Scott speaks to President Trump every one or two weeks.[11] Trump endorsed Scott in his Senate bid.[12] As of the first quarter of 2018, Scott held a 54%-35% approval rating[13] among his constituents, with a majority of Florida voters believing the state is moving in the right direction.

Both Nelson's and Scott's responses to Hurricanes Irma and Michael, which made landfall in September 2017 and October 2018 respectively, were closely watched during the campaign season.[14]

Republican primary[edit]

The Republican primary was considered merely a formality, as Governor Scott's lone challenger was a perennial candidate that was running for Senate seats in eight other Republican primaries across the country. No other notable Republicans entered the race before or after Scott announced his candidacy.[15]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Rocky
De La Fuente
Rick
Scott
Undecided
Gravis Marketing August 21–25, 2018 579 ± 4.1% 12% 73% 15%
Gravis Marketing August 21–22, 2018 321 ± 5.5% 12% 73% 15%
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 905 ± 3.3% 16% 74% 10%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Scott 1,452,952 88.6%
Republican Rocky De La Fuente 186,636 11.4%
Total votes 1,639,588 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit]

As both of Senator Nelson's primary opponents failed to qualify for the ballot, no Democratic primary was held.[15]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Declined[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Libertarian Party[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

American Independent Party[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Independents and write-ins[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

General election[edit]

The election was expected to be a key race in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate in 2019.[62] According to The Cook Political Report, the race was one of the 10 most competitive U.S. Senate races in the nation.[63] It has also been described as the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country.[64]

Scott's involvement in a large Medicare fraud case has stirred controversy during the general election campaign.[65][66] Scott responded with ads accusing his opponent Bill Nelson of having cut Medicare benefits and stolen from Medicare; fact-checkers found that both of Scott's assertions were "mostly false."[67][65] During the campaign, Scott characterized Nelson as a "socialist"; PolitiFact described the assertion as "pants-on-fire" false.[68]

Gun control is a key issue for this race. The election comes less than nine months after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, the deadliest school shooting in American history that killed 17 people. Senator Nelson has also mentioned the Orlando nightclub shooting that occurred in June 2016 and killed 49 people, stating that "nothing was done" by Governor Scott's administration. In the wake of Stoneman Douglas, Scott has raised the age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21, set a three-day waiting period to purchase assault-style weapons, and banned bump stocks, moves that Nelson describes as "doing the bare minimum." The National Rifle Association has come out against Scott's legislation.[69]

Environmental issues are additionally taking a prominent role in the race. Governor Scott and his administration have been heavily criticized for his weakening of regulations designed to protect the environment, even going as far as to instruct the FDEP not to use the words "climate change" or "global warming" in official reports.[70] Because of this, Scott has been blamed for the state's worsening algae blooms, even being dubbed "Red Tide Rick" on social media. Scott blames Nelson and Congress' general inefficiency on the toxic blooms.[71]

Debates[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

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U.S. Executive Branch officials
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Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[183] Tossup October 26, 2018
Inside Elections[184] Tilt D November 1, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[185] Lean D November 5, 2018
CNN[186] Tossup November 2, 2018
RealClearPolitics[187] Tossup November 5, 2018
Daily Kos[188] Tossup November 5, 2018
FiveThirtyEight[189] Lean D November 6, 2018

Fundraising[edit]

Campaign finance reports as of October 17, 2018
Candidate (party) Total receipts Total disbursements Cash on hand
Rick Scott (R) $68,801,011 $66,496,248 $2,304,762
Bill Nelson (D) Incumbent $28,294,713 $25,482,421 $3,806,614
Source: Federal Election Commission[190]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Bill
Nelson (D)
Rick
Scott (R)
Other Undecided
The Trafalgar Group (R) November 4–5, 2018 1,484 ± 2.5% 47% 49% 4%
HarrisX November 3–5, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 48% 48%
St. Pete Polls November 3–4, 2018 3,088 ± 1.8% 50% 46% 4%
HarrisX November 2–4, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 45% 49%
Quinnipiac University October 29 – November 4, 2018 1,142 ± 3.5% 51% 44% 0% 5%
Emerson College November 1–3, 2018 784 ± 3.7% 50% 45% 3% 3%
HarrisX November 1–3, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 45% 47%
Research Co. November 1–3, 2018 450 ± 4.6% 47% 46% 7%
Change Research (D-Reason to Believe PAC) November 1–2, 2018 1,236 50% 48%
St. Pete Polls November 1–2, 2018 2,733 ± 1.9% 48% 49% 3%
HarrisX October 31 – November 2, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 46% 48%
Marist College October 30 – November 2, 2018 595 LV ± 5.0% 50% 46% <1% 4%
917 RV ± 4.1% 50% 45% <1% 5%
Gravis Marketing October 29 – November 2, 2018 753 ± 3.6% 50% 47% 4%
HarrisX October 30 – November 1, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 45% 50%
St. Pete Polls October 30–31, 2018 2,470 ± 2.0% 49% 47% 3%
Targoz Market Research October 28–31, 2018 558 45% 49% 6%
HarrisX October 29–31, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 45% 48%
The Trafalgar Group (R) October 29–30, 2018 2,543 ± 1.9% 49% 47% 4%
Vox Populi Polling October 27–30, 2018 696 ± 3.7% 50% 50%
HarrisX October 24–30, 2018 1,400 ± 2.6% 43% 44%
Cygnal (R) October 27–29, 2018 495 ± 4.4% 50% 48% 2%
CNN/SSRS October 24–29, 2018 781 LV ± 4.3% 49% 47% 0% 2%
887 RV ± 4.0% 46% 46% 0% 5%
Suffolk University October 25–28, 2018 500 ± 4.4% 45% 43% 10%
NYT Upshot/Siena College October 23–27, 2018 737 ± 4.0% 48% 44% 8%
University of North Florida October 23–26, 2018 1,051 ± 3.0% 47% 46% <1% 7%
YouGov October 23–26, 2018 991 ± 4.0% 46% 46% 1% 6%
Ipsos October 17–25, 2018 1,069 ± 3.4% 49% 44% 3% 4%
Gravis Marketing October 22–23, 2018 773 ± 3.5% 49% 45% 6%
Strategic Research Associates October 16–23, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 46% 45% 9%
Saint Leo University October 16–22, 2018 698 ± 3.5% 47% 38% 6% 9%
St. Pete Polls October 20–21, 2018 1,575 ± 2.5% 48% 49% 3%
Florida Atlantic University October 18–21, 2018 704 ± 3.6% 41% 42% 4% 13%
SurveyUSA October 18–21, 2018 665 ± 5.0% 49% 41% 4% 6%
Quinnipiac University October 17–21, 2018 1,161 ± 3.5% 52% 46% 0% 2%
Schroth, Eldon and Associates (D) October 17–20, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 45% 47% 9%
CNN/SSRS October 16–20, 2018 759 LV ± 4.2% 50% 45% 0% 3%
872 RV ± 3.9% 49% 45% 0% 4%
OnMessage Inc. (R-Scott) October 14–18, 2018 2,200 ± 2.1% 46% 51% 3%
St. Pete Polls October 15–16, 2018 1,974 ± 2.2% 47% 49% 4%
Florida Southern College October 1–5, 2018 476 ± 4.5% 44% 46% 6% 4%
Kaiser Family Foundation/SSRS September 19 – October 2, 2018 522 ± 6.0% 48% 45% 1% 6%
St. Pete Polls September 29–30, 2018 2,313 ± 2.0% 47% 47% 6%
Public Policy Polling (D-Protect Our Care) September 28–30, 2018 779 ± 3.5% 48% 44% 9%
Strategic Research Associates September 17–30, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 45% 44% 11%
Mason-Dixon September 24–27, 2018 815 ± 3.5% 47% 46% 7%
Quinnipiac University September 20–24, 2018 888 ± 4.0% 53% 46% 0% 1%
Cherry Communications September 19–24, 2018 622 ± 4.4% 48% 46%
Marist College September 16–20, 2018 600 LV ± 4.7% 48% 45% 1% 6%
829 RV ± 4.0% 48% 43% 1% 7%
University of North Florida September 17–19, 2018 603 45% 45% 1% 9%
Florida Atlantic University September 13–16, 2018 850 ± 3.3% 41% 42% 5% 11%
Ipsos September 5–12, 2018 1,000 ± 4.0% 45% 46% 4% 6%
Rasmussen Reports September 10–11, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 45% 44% 5% 6%
SurveyUSA September 7–9, 2018 634 ± 5.3% 44% 46% 4% 7%
Quinnipiac University August 30 – September 3, 2018 785 ± 4.3% 49% 49% 0% 2%
Gravis Marketing August 29–30, 2018 1,225 ± 2.8% 47% 47% 6%
Public Policy Polling (D-EDGE Comms.) August 29–30, 2018 743 ± 4.0% 46% 45% 8%
St. Pete Polls August 29–30, 2018 1,755 ± 2.3% 47% 47% 5%
Florida Atlantic University August 16–20, 2018 800 ± 3.4% 39% 45% 17%
Saint Leo University August 10–16, 2018 500 ± 4.5% 36% 40% 8% 15%
Mason-Dixon July 24–25, 2018 625 ± 4.0% 44% 47% 9%
Florida Atlantic University July 20–21, 2018 800 ± 3.4% 40% 44% 17%
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 47% 43% 10%
SurveyMonkey/Axios June 11 – July 2, 2018 1,080 ± 5.0% 46% 49% 5%
YouGov June 19–22, 2018 839 LV 41% 46% 6% 6%
996 RV ± 3.5% 40% 42% 6% 9%
Marist College June 17–21, 2018 947 ± 3.9% 49% 45% 1% 5%
Public Policy Polling (D-EDGE Comms.) June 18–19, 2018 1,308 ± 3.2% 48% 46% 7%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 1,251 ± 2.8% 50% 40% 10%
Cherry Communications May 25 – June 4, 2018 605 ± 4.0% 45% 48% 5%
Saint Leo University May 25–31, 2018 506 ± 4.5% 34% 40% 8% 18%
Morning Consult May 29–30, 2018 1,199 ± 3.0% 39% 40%
Florida Atlantic University May 4–7, 2018 728 LV 45% 45%
1,000 RV ± 3.0% 40% 44% 16%
Public Policy Polling (D-Levine) April 10–11, 2018 661 ± 3.9% 50% 44% 6%
Gravis Marketing February 26 – March 19, 2018 2,212 ± 2.1% 44% 40% 16%
McLaughlin & Associates (R-NR PAC) March 10–13, 2018 800 ± 3.4% 46% 47% 6%
Clearview Research March 1–7, 2018 750 ± 3.6% 41% 43% 16%
SurveyMonkey/Axios February 12 – March 5, 2018 1,806 ± 5.0% 53% 43% 4%
Quinnipiac University February 23–26, 2018 1,156 ± 3.6% 46% 42% 2% 9%
Florida Atlantic University February 23–25, 2018 800 ± 3.6% 40% 38% 22%
Saint Leo University February 18–24, 2018 500 ± 4.5% 35% 42% 9% 15%
Gravis Marketing February 1–18, 2018 1,978 ± 2.2% 44% 40% 16%
Florida Atlantic University February 1–4, 2018 750 ± 3.7% 34% 44% 22%
University of North Florida January 29 – February 4, 2018 429 ± 4.7% 48% 42% 2% 7%
Mason-Dixon January 30 – February 1, 2018 625 ± 4.0% 45% 44% 11%
Dixie Strategies January 9–10, 2018 785 ± 3.5% 38% 35% 27%
Gravis Marketing December 19–24, 2017 5,778 ± 1.3% 44% 39% 17%
Saint Leo University November 19–24, 2017 500 ± 4.5% 32% 42% 8% 18%
Mason-Dixon October 17–19, 2017 625 ± 4.0% 44% 44% 12%
University of North Florida October 11–17, 2017 706 ± 3.4% 37% 36% 7% 20%
Cherry Communications September 17–24, 2017 615 ± 4.0% 45% 47% 8%
Saint Leo University September 10–16, 2017 500 ± 4.5% 33% 35% 11% 21%
Florida Atlantic University August 24–26, 2017 800 ± 4.0% 42% 40% 18%
Gravis Marketing April 4–10, 2017 1,243 ± 2.8% 56% 28% 16%
Gravis Marketing March 28–29, 2017 1,453 ± 2.6% 52% 37% 12%
Cherry Communications March 6–14, 2017 600 ± 4.0% 48% 42% 10%
Saint Leo University March 3–11, 2017 507 ± 4.5% 39% 34% 10% 17%
Public Opinion Strategies (R-FHA) March 1–5, 2017 600 ± 4.0% 46% 44% 10%
Mason-Dixon February 24–28, 2017 625 ± 4.0% 46% 41% 13%
University of North Florida February 13–26, 2017 957 ± 3.1% 44% 38% 3% 12%
Gravis Marketing November 22–25, 2016 3,250 ± 2.4% 51% 38% 11%
Public Policy Polling September 4–6, 2016 744 ± 3.6% 45% 41% 14%
Public Policy Polling September 11–13, 2015 814 ± 3.4% 46% 42% 12%
Public Policy Polling March 19–22, 2015 923 ± 3.2% 47% 43% 10%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Florida, 2018[191]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Rick Scott 4,097,689 50.07% +7.85%
Democratic Bill Nelson (incumbent) 4,085,086 49.92% -5.32%
Majority 12,603 0.15% -12.84%
Total votes 8,183,795 100.0%

Controversies[edit]

Nov 7 to the 14th[edit]

Both candidates in the days after the election traded accusations of voter suppression and voter fraud.[192] Two lawsuits were filed by the Scott campaign after the election against the Supervisor of Elections in both Palm Beach and Broward Counties while the Nelson campaign filed one against the Secretary of State in Florida. On November 9, the Scott campaign won both of their lawsuits while the Secretary of State lawsuit has yet to be decided.[193][194] Notably, election officials in Broward County had to receive police protection after accusations of voter fraud were made by a few members of Congress.[195]

Additionally, a number of mail-in ballots were found in a mail distribution center in the city of Opa-locka three days after the election. The Miami-Dade Elections Department considered the votes to be uncountable due to not making it to the department by the close of polls.[196]

Nov 15 onward[edit]

The deadline for all ballots to be machine counted was 3pm EST on Thursday, November 15, 2018, and the revised totals triggered the statewide hand-recount of rejected ballots (also for Florida Agriculture Commissioner). At least 3 counties missed the deadline for various reasons; Broward, Hillsborough, and Palm Beach County,[197][198] and hence the county vote totals were held at the original levels.

  • Broward: Finished machine count before the deadline, but started the upload of results around 2:45 pm EST and finished uploading at 3:02 pm EST. The upload was rejected due to being past the deadline,[199]
  • Hillsborough: The loss of 846 votes in machine counting. Presumed to be due to a power outage.[200][201]
  • Palm Beach: Machines bought from Sequoia Voting Systems ended up breaking down on the 13th, forcing a new recount on approximately 175,000 votes. Upon completing the second recount, 30 precincts had tallies that differed from the tallies completed on the day of the election.[202] Despite efforts, the county could not meet the machine-recount deadline.

In addition, Lee County determined that they had not properly sorted out the amount of undervotes on ballots for manual recount. The initial number was approximately 4,000 votes before the machine recount brought the number to around 15,000 votes. This will delay the counting process until the votes are properly separated.[203]

The deadline for the state-wide hand recount was set at either 12 pm[204] or 3 pm[205] EST on Sunday, November 18, 2018.

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