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Nelson’s genocide gaffe could sway voters
Florida Politics

Nelson’s genocide gaffe could sway voters


With one week before election day, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D) is leading Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) in the polls, but barely.

According to the latest public opinion poll, Nelson is only leading Scott by 2 points, well within the margin of error, but all that may very well change.

October surprises come in all shapes and sizes, many times coming in a form of a candidate gaffe.

Nelson may very well have sunk his campaign this past weekend when he equated the climate of U.S. politics with the worst genocide in the history of humanity.

“When a place gets so tribal that the two tribes won’t have anything to do with each other … that jealousy turns into hate…And we saw what happened to the Hutus and the Tutsis in Rwanda, it turned into a genocide. A million-people hacked to death within a few months. And we have got to watch what’s happening here.”-Sen. Bill Nelson (D)

Scott will surely pounce on Nelson’s and Floridians still on the fence may be swayed to vote against the elder statesman.


Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist who publishes the,,,, and During the 2018 election cycle, he ran in the Republican primary race for congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He enjoys soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. Email him at [email protected] Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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