Rick Scott says GOP has a ‘good chance’ of flipping Senate in 2024

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The former NRSC Chair was wrong when he predicted a GOP flip in 2022. Will next year be better?

Rick Scott was unable to secure a Senate majority for the GOP last year as head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), despite predicting as many as 55 Republican seats in 2022.

Though his tenure atop the NRSC was less than successful, Florida’s junior Senator nonetheless thinks Republicans have a chance to flip the Senate next year.

“I think on the Senate side, one, we have to have a message and we have to stand for something. So we have to get Americans to say, ‘I’m going to vote for that Republican because they stand for what I believe in,’ and that’s what we have to do. We cannot continue to cave to the Democrats,” Scott said on Thursday’s Todd Starnes Show.

Scott also believes Republicans have “got a great chance to pick up (Democratically held seats) in Ohio, in Montana, in West Virginia, Nevada, Arizona.”

“So just make sure we have great candidates running. We raise our money, run good races, we have a good chance to take the majority,” Scott predicted.

Scott’s optimism about a GOP majority last year offered a contrast to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who fretted (correctly) that “candidate quality” would present an impediment to Republican efforts.

“It starts right here, we’re going to get 52 Republican Senators, we have to win here,” Scott said at a get-out-to-vote event in North Carolina last October. “I think we can get 53, 54, 55.“

Scott bet heavily on Herschel Walker’s doomed campaign in Georgia, predicting he would win by 3 points in November. Ultimately, Walker failed to win in the runoff in January.

He also believed Blake Masters would prevail in Arizona, which did not happen. And he also had misplaced faith in Adam Laxalt’s campaign in Nevada, as well as Don Bolduc’s operation in New Hampshire.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • PeterH

    September 28, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Rick Scott is responsible for the Senate’s 2020 electoral failures.

  • My Take

    September 28, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah, ýeah, we’ll see. But what a disaster that would be. For America.

    But in other national news:
    Reading the Trump news the last few days has been quite enjoyable!
    The Trump Tower, apparently to be takeñ from him, needs to be renamed. Justice Tower maybe.

  • JD

    September 28, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    Democrats need to stop pussyfooting around just play hard ball.

    Air every bit of the Republicans dirty laundry, lack of cohesive message other than culture wars and their past track records.

    And then HAMMER that message over and over and over. Make people feel bad, ashamed and slighted for ever voting Republicans.

    But they won’t. Because they want to take the high road and lose. And then cry about it more.

  • Biscuit

    September 28, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    Every time Rick Scott has something to say about the future it perks my ears up because I know the opposite will happen. If he says no treats for doggies anymore, it means Party Time!

  • Michael K

    September 28, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    And then there is little Mattie Gaetz and his personal grudges, feeding a hostile shutdown of the government. He and Scott are well past their expiration dates.

    • Silly Wabbit

      September 28, 2023 at 5:47 pm

      Gaetz sicko.

    • MH/Duuuval

      September 28, 2023 at 8:59 pm

      Oh, no, let’s get Matt in the gubertnatorial ring here on his own turf where he can be savaged properly by those who know him best.

  • Silly Wabbit

    September 28, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    Wick kwazy.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 29, 2023 at 4:20 am

    Omg I agree.The opposite that Rick Scott predicts shall happen ! At this time Rick Scott and Mat Gaetz have to be the biggest losers for the common good! Get a grip you two losers You Are Hurting America!

  • Ancientcane

    October 1, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Looks like Senator Scott will be with us at least another six yrs after his re-election.

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