By Marc Caputo (Politico) –
A hurricane has Tallahassee right in its forecast path, putting it on a collision course with Florida’s two nationally watched races for governor and U.S. Senate and providing Gov. Rick Scott with a chance for a campaign windfall.
Just days before Hurricane Michael formed in the Gulf of Mexico, Scott’s Senate campaign coincidentally began running an ad touting his leadership after hurricanes Hermine and Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017. This latest storm offers him another high-profile, take-charge moment in the homestretch of one of the nation’s tightest Senate races.
The governor’s race is also feeling the impact of hurricane politics: a social media fight broke out over negative TV ads running as storm prep begins. Democrat Andrew Gillum pulled his TV spots from media markets set to be walloped by the storm, while his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis did not.
As a result, Democrats have collectively been pointing figures at Republicans for what they say is unseemly politicking as a potentially life-threatening storm approaches. At the same time, the GOP was quietly griping about Democratic trackers following Scott at official storm briefings.