Florida Republican Congressional Delegation backs Sen. Rick Scott for reelection

by | Mar 6, 2024

Sen. Rick Scott has received endorsements from all 21 Republican members of Florida’s Congressional delegation, including Sen. Marco Rubio, as he seeks reelection amid a challenge from former Democratic Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

All 21 members of Florida’s Republican Congressional Delegation, including Sen. Marco Rubio, endorsed Sen. Rick Scott for reelection on Tuesday as he attempts to secure another term in Washington’s upper chamber.

The slew of endorsements adds to Scott’s collection of 80 state legislators, including prominent leaders like Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner. Last week, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson formally endorsed the former governor.

“It’s truly an honor to be endorsed by so many incredible Florida leaders who are making the difference in the direction our country is headed,” Scott said. “We are partners fighting to make Washington work for Florida families.”

The Congressional endorsements also build upon Scott’s support from various business and trade groups across the state, including the Florida Retail Federation and Associated Industries of Florida, who both pledged support in October.

“I’m proud to serve alongside Senator Rick Scott as Florida’s U.S. Senator,” said Rubio. “Rick was an outstanding governor who made the hard decisions to make Florida the economic powerhouse it is today. We have a great partnership in the Senate and are constantly working together to champion polices that help Florida while also taking on the Biden Administrations attempts to turn America into a bastion of socialism.”

Scott, a two-term Florida governor, narrowly defeated Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson in the 2018 Senate election, receiving approximately 10,000 more votes than his opponent, marking the first time since the Reconstruction era that Republicans held both Senate seats in Florida.

In August, former Democratic Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell declared her intention to challenge Scott for his Senate seat. Before her formal announcement, top Democratic figures, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee officials, had already expressed support, urging her to enter the race, as reported by Politico in July.

The lone poll for the race, conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling group, shows Scott holding a three point lead over Mucarsel-Powell.

Lawmakers who endorsed Scott on Tuesday include: Rubio, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Neal Dunn, Rep. Kat Cammack, Rep. Aaron Bean, Rep. John Rutherford, Rep. Michael Waltz, Rep. Cory Mills, Rep. Bill Posey, Rep. Daniel Webster, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, Rep. Laurel Lee, Rep. Vern Buchanan, Rep. Greg Steube, Rep. Scott Franklin, Rep. Byron Donalds, Rep. Brian Mast, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, and Rep. Carlos Gimenez.


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