Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is running to unseat incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in the Senate, predicated a “big win” in this midterm election season during a Monday morning interview with host Laura Ingraham on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
“We’re going to win as long as everybody gets out and gets to the polls and votes,” said an actively campaigning Gov. Scott, who was at the Villages at one of four events scheduled for Monday and six more scheduled for Election Day tomorrow.
“There’s no blue wave in this state,” he added, encouraging citizens to exercise their voting rights to ensure that both his state and the country keep heading in the right direction.
With only a few hours remaining until polls officially open on Tuesday, early voting turnout is already at a record high in Florida, as The Hill reported.
Early data appear to support Scott’s prediction of a win for Republicans.
“New data released Friday shows that Republicans are leading in early voting turnout statewide by about 60,000 ballots, though Democrats are leading in urban areas, according to the [News-Press],” as The Hill noted.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on ABC on Sunday that he sees Florida’s senatorial race and Wisconsin’s gubernatorial races as early bellwethers that may predict the overall national outcome of Tuesday’s midterms.
Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama is desperately attempting to help Bill Nelson pull out a win in the state. On Friday he headlined a rally in Miami, during which he warned voters that the “character of the country” was at stake.
He also disparaged President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure the border.
“I’m a worker,” said Scott. “Bill Nelson’s never done anything … The only job Bill Nelson knows how to take care of his.”
Chris Wallace of Fox News mirrored Scott’s sentiments.
“Bill Nelson’s kind of an empty figure in Washington,” said Wallace on the “Outnumbered” program show on Monday afternoon.
“You never hear his name. He’s never in debates. On key issues he just is sort of under the radar,” Wallace added.
“I really think you’re going to win,” said Ingraham, adding, “Tallahassee is not the beacon for the state.”
Listen to the segment from “The Laura Ingraham Show”:
Ingraham was referring to the hotly contested gubernatorial race in Florida between Democrat Mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum and Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis.
“Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson are very similar,” said Scott. “They’ve gone way off to the liberal end. They want to destroy, get rid of ICE. They want to have open borders. They want to raise your taxes. They never created a job, either one of them.”
Scott is not too concerned about polls, he said, noting that polls in political races he’s won had predicted a loss at the time.
A primary he won in 2010, in polling, had him down by 11 points, for example.
The RealClear Politics Average has Nelson up 2.9 and Gillum up 3.2, landing Florida’s respective senatorial and gubernatorial races both in the toss-up category on the eve of the election.
Scott noted that Michael Bloomberg — but also George Soros and other monied, liberal interests — have been pumping cash into Florida’s elections to the tune of about $10.5 million a week as they fund anti-Scott ads.
Scott called the ads “complete lies” and described his opponent as a “pure partisan.”
Trump has headlined multiple rallies in Florida recently both for Scott and DeSantis.
“Who doesn’t want to be safe? … We have to have a secure border,” said Scott.
The most recent one was Saturday night, to a standing-room only crowd.
“Who doesn’t want to be safe? … We have to have a secure border,” said Scott, who said he supports President Trump’s focus in recent rallies on the dangers presented by the caravaners who have been making their way through Central America and up through Mexico, apparently poised to illegally cross the U.S. southern border en masse.
“We’re going to have a big win tomorrow night,” said Scott, despite his well-funded opposition’s efforts.
And check out this video, which highlights another aspect of one of the Florida races:
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.