Emboldened by poll, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell says she can pick up Rick Scott’s seat

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Is the race tied? That's the challenger's narrative and she's sticking to it.

Though many have cast doubt on a Florida Atlantic University/Mainstreet Research poll of Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Rick Scott’s Democratic challenger is touting the survey as a sign that she can win.

“Rick Scott is the most vulnerable Republican that we have and the most unpopular Republican in the state of Florida right now. Polling is showing that we are statistically tied at this point, but this man is someone that lies to Floridians, is trying to lie his record away,” asserted Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Friday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word.”

Noting that Scott is vowing to block judicial nominees, the former member of Congress called the Senator “the poster child of extremism and one of the most radical members that we have right now in the Senate.”

She also rallied viewers to support her campaign, painting Scott as singularly dangerous .

“But now he’s using his wealth, the wealth that he has been accumulating in office in the Senate to lie to Floridian, which is why it’s so important for everyone watching tonight to make sure that he doesn’t get re-elected because he wants to be Trump’s puppet in the Senate and become Senate majority leader,” she said. “He will pass a national abortion ban. He will block access to contraception, he will block access to IVF.”

For his part, Scott is saying he will protect in vitro fertilization, noting in an ad that his own daughter is using the procedure for family planning. But he voted against advancing the Right to IVF Act this week in the Senate all the same, as Republicans united to stop Democrats from getting their language to the floor.

“We are tied,” Mucarsel-Powell said. “This is our one pickup opportunity to make sure that we keep the Senate majority so that we can for once and for all really get rid of the extremist policies that the MAGA agenda is trying to push through and using Rick Scott as the puppet for that.”

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the previous FAU poll showed a 16 point race, and Mucarsel-Powell’s campaign pushed back against a misspelling of her surname in the released results.

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The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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


10 comments

  • Ricky Bobby

    June 15, 2024 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for the humor this morning Gancarski. The poll by FAU and endorsed and published in the Sun Sentinel is pure garbage. This is yet another fake poll designed to influence the election. Scott will still win easily. Right MH?🤣

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    • JustBabs

      June 17, 2024 at 12:59 pm

      The fix is in. Florida elections, as usual. Scott cheated taxpayers out of millions, with no personal responsibilty or accountabiity. What sane citizen votes for that?

  • What kind of “journalism” is this?

    June 15, 2024 at 12:20 pm

    Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that just one day earlier in the U.S. Senate, Scott voted AGAINST protecting national access to IVF despite the author’s outrageous parroting without further context that “Scott, of course, is saying he will protect in vitro fertilization, noting in an ad that his own daughter is using the procedure for family planning.”

    • Nope

      June 15, 2024 at 1:27 pm

      You have a problem with the politician but instead attack the journalist who reports what he says and does? If you want to be spoon fed, you are welcome to pay for a subscription to the NYT editorial page. The rest of us can read and think for ourselves.

  • Rebecca

    June 16, 2024 at 1:08 pm

    Scott is a vile, corrupt felon who ripped off our government for millions of dollars.with is medicare fraud. He then proceeded to buy his way to the Govenor’s Mansion two times, then a Senate seat. He will do and say anything to stay in power. I cannot believe that anyone who knows right from wrong could vote for him.

    • Ricky Bobby

      June 16, 2024 at 2:05 pm

      He will win easily. Mucarsel-Powell grasping for straws with that politically influenced poll.

  • Richard Coyne Coyne

    June 16, 2024 at 2:07 pm

    I can’t understand how when 20% of the population in Florida are on social security they can vote for a guy that wants it cut. For 5 years in office he wants all laws reopened including Social security and Medicare. It’s one thing to be conservative but quit an other to be stupid

  • wakes

    June 17, 2024 at 7:59 am

    Vote Alien Rick out! He’s crooked and ugly.

  • MH/Duuuval

    June 18, 2024 at 5:58 pm

    According to the latest FBI data, violent crime and property crime are down sharply in 2024. The new data shows substantial drops in every category, including murder (-26.4%), rape (-25.7%), robbery (-17.8%), and property crime (-15.1%). These declines follow steep drops in violent crime and property crime in 2023. [About 75% of police agencies respond to this annual stat.]

    And yet, according to a recent Gallup poll, “77% [of Americans] believe there is more crime in the U.S. than a year ago.” Why?

    Because MAGAs and their media lie a lot.

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