Florida Pro-Life Governor Rick Scott Defeats Pro-Abortion Senator Bill Nelson to Flip Senate Seat

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 19, 2018   |   10:09AM   |   Tallahassee, FL

Put another Senate seat in the pro-life column. Over the weekend it became official as Florida’s pro-life Gov. Rick Scott defeated pro-abortion incumbent Senator Rick Scott.

Scott compiled a strong pro-life record as governor — including signing a bill banning late term abortions. The Florida governor is no stranger to signing pro-life legislation, and he put a bill into law previously to stop taxpayer-funding of abortions under Obamacare. Meanwhile, Nelson had compiled a 100% pro-abortion voting record and voted against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Scott also signed two pro-life bills that would help stop abortions — including one that calls for tightening parental involvement laws on teen abortions and another that allows women to see an ultrasound of their baby before the abortion.

Scott, a businessman, ran as a pro-life candidate and Florida Right to Life gave him an “A” grade and recommended him to voters.

“I am pro-life. I believe strongly in the sanctity of human life. I believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned, and as governor, would appoint judges who apply law and not impose their political agenda on the people, which was what was done in 1973 when Roe was wrongly decided,” he said on his web site during the campaign.

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The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated the news. The group’s field team of 159 canvassers visited more than one million Florida voters to expose Senator Nelson’s extreme record on abortion. Additionally, SBA List held 14 in-state media events.

“Congratulations to pro-life Senator-elect Rick Scott,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Senator Nelson presented himself as a moderate, but his pro-abortion record was too extreme for Florida. SBA List’s field team was on the ground early in Florida. Since July of 2017 our canvassers visited more than one million voters who don’t always get to the polls, educating them about Senator Nelson’s terrible record and the importance of this election for unborn children and their mothers. Nelson’s pro-life constituents were dismayed by his vote to block Justice Brett Kavanaugh and stunned to learn that he had voted to keep late-term abortions legal up to the moment of birth. SBA List congratulates Rick Scott and all Floridians, who are sending a senator to Washington who truly reflects their pro-life values.”

SBA List’s field team of more than 1,100 canvassers visited 2.7 million voters this election cycle across the battleground states of Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Ohio, Arizona, and Tennessee.

SBA List held three press tours in Florida to urge Sen. Nelson to vote to confirm each of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and to announce the field program.