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Scott’s latest ad: ‘Bill Nelson toes the party line’

Ad tries to eat into Nelson's centrist image.
A screenshot from Rick Scott's latest ad.
Published Jul. 5, 2018
Updated Jul. 5, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign released its latest TV ad on Thursday, portraying Sen. Bill Nelson as a reliable Democratic vote.

"How much does Bill Nelson toe the party line? Nelson voted with Hillary Clinton 89 percent … With Obama, 98 percent …," a narrator says.

The ad attempts to undercut one of Nelson's go-to selling points, that he is a common sense politician who can cross party lines. Nelson is a reliable party vote — like Scott assuredly would be if elected — but scorecards over the years have shown he's less fixed than some other Democrats.

PolitFact digs into that area:

Is Bill Nelson one of America's most independent senators?

Scott's campaign did not say how much money is behind the ad. He's already spent millions compared with almost nothing from Nelson, though the Democrat has gotten outside help.