U.S. SENATOR FOR FLORIDA
Florida is a perpetual swing state. Many remember the hanging chads of the Bush v. Gore 2000 election. Election results since have continued to be close. In 2012, Obama won the state by less than 1% of the vote. In 2016, Trump edged out Clinton by just 1.2%.
Senator Bill Nelson will be up for reelection in 2018. His likely challenger will be Florida’s current Republican governor and Trump ally, Rick Scott, who is term-limited as governor. Initial polls show Nelson ahead against Scott, but the leads are within single digits. (Source: Rick Scott Within the Margin of Error on Bill Nelson in New 2018 Poll)
Grassroots organizing and a backlash against Trump could make the difference in this midterm election.
It's no surprise that Bill Nelson has always fought for Florida first. His Florida roots run deep. He's a fifth-generation Floridian whose family home was just a few miles from where he was launched into orbit in 1986 as a crew member of the Space Shuttle Columbia. From his home in Melbourne, Florida in the 1950s and 1960s, he could see missiles and rockets blasting off from what is now the Kennedy Space Center.
He grew up in Melbourne, where he attended public schools. When he was 14, his father died. As an only child, he had to shoulder a lot of responsibility. He attended the University of Florida, and he went on to earn degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
In 1971, Bill met Grace Cavert of Jacksonville, Florida, where he was speaking at a statewide convention of young leaders. That evening, Grace went home and woke up her parents to tell them, "I've met the man I'm going to marry."
Bill's experience includes more than 40 years of public service, first in the Florida State Legislature, then Congress, then on Florida's Cabinet and, since 2001, the United States Senate.
Since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, he has earned a reputation as a consensus builder and problem solver, while consistently being a moderate voice in an increasingly partisan environment.
Over the years, he has been endorsed by all the major newspapers in Florida. The St. Petersburg Times once said, "Bill Nelson fits the mold of responsible moderation" and "has proved himself in the battle with special interests." And the Orlando Sentinel said: "Mr. Nelson has a sense of independence. Although he often agrees with Democrats, ultimately, his conscience dictates his course."
The consistent theme of Nelson's more than four decades of public service has been his willingness to stand up and fight against powerful special interests on behalf of our country and of all Floridians.
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