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Rick Scott leaving campaign trail indefinitely to focus on Hurricane Michael aftermath

But his campaign will go on with help from surrogates, like his wife, Ann Scott. And his campaign continues to attack Nelson regardless.

Gov. Rick Scott won't make any more campaign visits "for the foreseeable future," his spokesman said Monday, citing the need to focus on the destruction left behind by Hurricane Michael.

"It's unclear, at this point, whether he will hold any campaign events before the November 6 election, though it is still possible closer to election day," spokesman Chris Hartline said.

The Republican's governor's wife, Ann Scott, will speak at campaign events in his place, as well as other surrogates.

Scott is challenging Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson in one of the country's most heated Senate races. The outcome of the contest could determine which party controls the upper chamber.

Though he won't be stumping himself, it is clear many of the other functions of the campaign will continue unimpeded. Indeed, even in the statement announcing the Scott's new schedule, his campaign didn't miss an opportunity to assail Nelson as a "walking advertisement for term limits."

Scott also released a new ad on Monday  featuring Andy Pollack, the father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Meadow Pollack.

Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle last week as the fourth most powerful storm on record in the United States. Homes in the hurricane's path were severely damaged or destroyed entirely, and the state is still searching for thousands of people reported missing.

On Monday, Scott surveyed the damage with President Donald Trump.

Like Scott, Nelson has spent much of the week since the storm in the Panhandle, providing updates on the state and federal response from the ground.

"Sen. Nelson has been in storm-ravaged Panhandle counties before and since the hurricane trying to make sure the folks there are not forgotten and get what they need," Nelson spokesman Dan Mclaughlin  said. "From Scott's own campaign statement it is obvious the governor intends to continue to act like a politician and campaign in an effort to distort Sen. Nelson's record with desperate and dishonest attacks, all while an untold number of Floridians still are in need of basic necessities, like food, water and electricity."

CNN canceled a debate between Scott and Nelson scheduled for Tuesday due to Michael.

Scott's campaign said Monday that it agreed to a rescheduled debate on Oct. 25. CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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