NBC News reports:
Former Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell announced Tuesday she will challenge Republican Sen. Rick Scott, a former two-term Florida governor viewed as the favorite in 2024.
Mucarsel-Powell, who came to the U.S. at age 14 from Ecuador, has long been on a short list of potential Democratic candidates. In recent weeks, a number of state and national Democratic leaders have coalesced around her.
“Rick Scott is trying to raise taxes on our families. He wrote a plan to end Social Security and Medicare Advantage coverage for our seniors,” Mucarsel-Powell said in an interview. Scott pitched the plan, which he dubbed the “Rescue America” plan, during the 2022 midterms as he chaired the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.
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First elected in 2018, Macarel-Powell lost her seat in 2020 to former Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez by just two points. During her single term, she was a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus. Last week the so-called “Tan Mom” announced that she will challenge Scott as a Republican.
Former Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has announced that she will challenge Republican Sen. Rick Scott, a former two-term Florida governor viewed as the favorite in 2024. https://t.co/HVbEXEXRkx
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 22, 2023
Sen. Rick Scott picks up a Democratic challenger for 2024
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) August 22, 2023