Attack Ads and Debates: The Week in Florida Politics


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on several proposed constitutional amendments. The following are items of political interest from the past week.

Hurricane Michael this past week ravaged Florida’s Panhandle, leading to multiple deaths and leaving a trail of destruction from the coast all the way to the Georgia border.

The storm led both Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum and Gov. Rick Scott to shift their primary focus away from day-to-day campaigning. Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis and other Republican statewide candidates collected relief supplies and delivered them to Panama City on Saturday.

But that did not mean that campaigning ceased throughout the entire state.

All the major campaigns continue to blanket the airwaves, although some campaigns did cease some negative ads that were airing in the regions impacted by the storm.

And some were crying foul over some of the ads.


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