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Rick Scott Weighing Run For Senate In 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott gestures during a cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fair,
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott gestures during a cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fair, in Tampa, Fla. Scott, who has repeatedly tangled with public record advocates, media organizations and others over whether he has followed the state’s transparency law, has insisted did not use private email accounts for state business. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, file)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) reportedly told fundraisers that he is interested in running for Senate, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

Incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) will be 76 when his third term ends in 2018, and Scott could benefit from an off-year where Democrats typically see lower voter turnout. Nelson hasn't said yet whether he plans to run for re-election, though the Democrat has stepped up his fundraising in recent months.

When he ran for re-election in 2014, Scott, who is 62, narrowly defeated Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.

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