Florida Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott has defeated Democratic Senator Bill Nelson after a manual recount put Scott ahead by approximately 10,000 votes.
“Barring any further legal challenges from the Nelson campaign, the outgoing governor will become Florida’s junior senator in January, joining fellow Republican Marco Rubio in the Senate,” USA Today reported on Sunday. “It will be the first time since Reconstruction that the state has had two GOP senators.”
And the press release just came.
Gov. Rick Scott will be Florida’s next US Senator and is a certified Democratic giant-killer, beating these 3 in a row when many Democrats said he couldn’t
1) Alex Sink in 2010
2) former Gov Charlie Crist in 2014
3) Sen Bill Nelson in 2018 pic.twitter.com/WhLNTSKKxf
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 18, 2018
Scott announced that Nelson conceded the race, saying in a statement: “I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service.”
The results of the manual recount put Scott ahead by 10,033 votes over Nelson, who had served for three terms as a U.S. senator.
USA Today noted that this “will be the first time since Reconstruction that the state has had two GOP senators.”