Incumbent Bill Nelson Concedes Florida Senatorial Election To Rick Scott After Contentious Recount

Molly Prince | Politics Reporter

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded the Florida senatorial election to Republican Gov. Rick Scott Sunday.

“I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service,” Scott said in a statement.

The heated race was been neck-and-neck throughout the duration of the campaign. The race had been too close to call on Election Day, triggering both a machine and hand recount.

Florida Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott attends a Get Out the Vote Rally at Skyline Attractions on November 2, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 02: Florida Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott attends a Get Out the Vote Rally at Skyline Attractions on November 2, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is running against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida’s U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Scott has spent over $150 million on his three campaigns combined, more personal funding than any other politician in Florida history, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

His win also marks the first time that Florida will have two Republican senators since the Reconstruction era following the Civil War, according to The Tampa Bay Times. (RELATED: Florida’s Top-Of-The-Ticket Races In A Statistical Dead Heat, Internal Poll Shows)

Scott was elected governor of Florida in 2010 and has been primarily focused on creating jobs for the state. He has been a staunch advocate of low taxes, which he argues allows for companies to hire more workers and consequently grow the economy.

Nelson, who has held the Senate seat since 2000, advocated for higher taxes, especially on the wealthier tax brackets. He was opposed to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act in 2017, arguing that companies would be more likely to move jobs overseas.

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