Mike Pence to campaign for Rick Scott in Central Florida on Thursday

Mike Pence

The White House announced today that Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Florida on Thursday to make two campaign appearances with Governor Rick Scott, who is challenging Bill Nelson in one of the most contested Senate races in the country.

Pence is scheduled to deliver remarks at a lunch in Orlando with Scott, followed by a dinner event in the Villages.

Scott has held a slight lead in the most recent polling in the Senate contest, though a new Quinnipiac survey released on Wednesday showed the two candidates tied at 49 percent. That has to be encouraging for the Nelson camp, considering that Scott is dominating in fundraising, having spent more than $27 million to Nelson’s $6 million to date, according to Open Secrets.

The Governor’s office also announced on Wednesday that he will join the Republicans running for statewide cabinet positions this fall at  a unity rally in Orlando at 10 a.m. The governor will be joined by U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis, former judge Ashley Moody, CFO Jimmy Patronis, state Rep. Matt Caldwell, as well as Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Senator Nelson was in Orlando on Labor Day, where he discussed how the political discourse had become “small, petty and mean-spirited.”

“The United States Senate race really comes down to one simple question: Who has demonstrated the honesty, integrity and independence to put Florida first?” he asked. “It’s that simple.”

Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with FloridaPolitics.com. He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.

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