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Florida Gov. Rick Scott running for Senate

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By ROSIE WOODS, WPEC

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WPEC) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that he will challenge the Sunshine State's senior senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, for his seat.

Scott made the announcement on Facebook from Orlando and said he was urged by President Donald Trump to run for U.S. Senate.

Voters elected Scott governor in 2010 but now he must leave office due to term limits. Monday he told supporters, "we can change Washington."

The Scott-Nelson matchup will be one of the nation’s most costly and closely watched Senate races this year, as Republicans try to hold onto control of the House and Senate, against an energized Democratic base.

WPEC caught up with Nelson last week about a challenge from the governor. He says it's a race he won't take lightly.

"I always treat a challenger very seriously and I run like there’s no tomorrow,” Nelson said.

Scott previously won two close races for governor. He's also shown he is willing to spend tens of millions of dollars of his own money on campaigns.

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