U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate race is between two pretty familiar names in the Sunshine State: the incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott.

Nelson is looking to keep a seat he’s held for nearly two decades and to keep a Democratic presence in the U.S. Senate from Florida. He faces competition from Scott, who has served two terms as governor and is looking to make the leap to federal office.

The race has remained tight between the two men and has focused on Nelson’s decades of service – he was first elected as a state representative in 1972 – and on Scott’s record as governor.

Based on the questions you had for the candidates and factoring in some hot topics, we we sent questionnaires to the candidates asking them about the following issues: the environment, criminal justice reform, gun control, the economy, healthcare, Puerto Rico, and immigration. You can see those questions here.

Thanks to readers Vanessa Haim and Marianna Yerak, plus others who submitted questions anonymously.

The campaigns did not respond in time for publication so we’ve linked to information on them to to their campaign websites. We will update their profile if the candidates respond before Election Day.

Sen. Bill Nelson is the Democratic incumbent running to keep his U.S. Senate seat.

Gov. Rick Scott is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.