The hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Florida is finally over. Finally.
After the Florida Supervisor of Elections (not the embattled and so-called incompetent Broward Supervisor of Elections) announced that Republican Rick Scott finished 10,000 votes ahead of three-term Sen. Bill Nelson in the recently completed machine recount, Nelson conceded.
The elder statesman graciously announced he lost to Scott, any “by no means” felt defeated because he “had the privilege of serving the people of Florida” for most of his life.
Scott’s most effective campaign attack against Nelson was to frame him as a career politician, who served in public office for 42-years. President Trump, who was one of Scott’s biggest supporters, recently called on Nelson to concede race. A couple days a later, Nelson called it a day.
From day one Rick Scott never wavered. He was a great Governor and will be even a greater Senator in representing the People of Florida. Congratulations to Rick on having waged such a courageous and successful campaign!-President Donald Trump
This is the first time in over 20 years that Florida has two sitting Republican U.S. Senators and simultaneously control the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee.
Senator Rubio, who took the lead in calling out possible voter fraud during the recount efforts in Florida, expressed his gratitude for working alongside Nelson.
No two Senators from the same state had a better working relationship than the one Senator Nelson and I had. Even though we often voted differently, not once did that interfere with our ability to work together.
“In this era of political tribalism it is easy to forget that there is more to any of us than our political affiliation or our policy leanings. I knew Bill Nelson not just as a Democratic Senator, but also as a man of genuine faith, integrity and character. A man who served our country with a dignity that is increasingly rare in our modern politics.
“I will miss working with him very much.”-Sen. Marco Rubio
The Republican National Committee also issued a statement shortly after Nelson called Scott to concede.
“Democrat dreams of turning Florida blue have fallen short once again. Congrats to Senator-elect Rick Scott, on winning a hard fought election, not once, or twice, but three times.”—RNC Spokesperson Taryn Fenske