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Florida Republican Governor Scott launches Senate run

FILE PHOTO: Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks about hurricane relief measures for Florida and Puerto Rico at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
By Letitia Stein

By Letitia Stein

(Reuters) – Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott on Monday kicked off his campaign for the U.S. Senate, challenging Democrat Bill Nelson in a race expected to be among the most competitive contests to decide which party controls Congress.

Scott announced his long-anticipated campaign in a video posted on social media, noting that he was elected as a political outsider and in his time as governor pushed back against the traditional rules of the state capital.

“I never planned to fit in, and I won’t fit in in Washington either. It’s time to shake that place up,” he said, calling the federal government broken.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein in Detroit; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Jonathan Oatis)

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