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Florida's midterm election results could make history -- and possibly flip the Senate


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - The state of Florida is once again a key battleground state this election cycle.

Both the Senate and gubernatorial race are highly contested.

If Democrats want to swing the Senate, they have to win Florida.

The winner of this race could also influence the 2020 presidential election.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson are neck and neck for the Senate seat.

What’s different about this Senate race is it could be one 2018’s most expensive.

Scott has spent over $66 million, while the incumbent Nelson has spent $25 million, according to OpenSecrets.com.

In past races, Scott has proved willing to spend his own money to win the race. If elected, Scott would be one of the richest members of the Senate, according to The New York Times.

Gubernatorial race

The race for the governor’s mansion could offer up its own bit of history.

Tallahassee’s Democratic mayor Andrew Gillum is going against former Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis.

If Gillum wins, he would become Florida’s first black governor. Gillum is a progressive whosupports abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and legalizing marijuana.

Big-name Democrats such as former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been campaigning for Gillum in the state.

A Democrat hasn't been elected governor in Florida is more than two decades.

Recently Gillum received criticism as Tallahassee became the subject of a federal public corruption probe.

Before his five-plus-year run in the House, DeSantis was a federal prosecutor.

He’s an ardent gun rights supporter with an A rating from the National Rifle Association. DeSantis is also a supporter of President Trump's border wall and banning sanctuary cities.

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