Opinion: With the final votes counted in Florida, GOP solidifies majority in Senate
This past weekend Governor Rick Scott of Florida was declared the winner in the race to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate.
Scott defeated long-time sitting Democrat Senator Bill Nelson, in an incredibly tight election that saw several recounts and a myriad of lawsuits.
Rick Scott ended up winning by a total of just over 10,000 votes. His victory marks the first time in over a century that the state of Florida will be represented in the Senate by two Republicans in himself and Senator Marco Rubio.
The recounts were not smooth but it is a good thing that the State of Florida did all it could to count every lawful vote. It is also good that Nelson ultimately conceded rather than dragging out the election in a way that would delegitimize its results.
It is critical to our democracy that voters feel like their votes count and voices heard. Hopefully the election process issues we saw unfold this cycle in various Florida counties are fixed before the crucial 2020 contests.
Here’s the bottom line: The country can now move past the 2018 midterms and look towards the 2020 election season, which undoubtedly will bring contentious races across the country, including one for the presidency.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.