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Gov. Rick Scott appears poised to jump into Florida's race for US Senate

Scott would run against Sen. Bill Nelson

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TALAHASSEE, Fla. – Republican Gov. Rick Scott appears ready to jump into Florida's Senate race, setting up a high-profile showdown against incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

A top Scott aide, Jackie Schutz Zeckman, resigned as the governor's chief of staff over the weekend and says Scott will make a "major announcement" on April 9.

Scott has been mulling a run against Nelson for more than a year, ramping up his criticism of the three-term incumbent. President Donald Trump has already publicly encouraged Scott to run.

Nelson has said he is running for another term. He was first elected to the Senate in 2000.