Nelson-Scott race will be very, very expensive

Florida contest one of most watched in country.
Published April 4, 2018

Even without Rick Scott's money, history indicates the 2018 U.S. Senate race will be a very, very expensive affair.

When incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson first ran for the office in 2000, spending topped out at $19.3 million, according to a recap by

In the 2016 Florida Senate race won by Marco Rubio, spending hit $110.5 million.

That's a 472 percent increase in 16 years. And it illustrates the rise of outside spending. During the time, such spending increased from $2.4 million to $50.6 million.

Now comes millionaire Scott, who's expected to enter the race on April 9.