Saturday, November 17, 2018
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New pro-Nelson ad targets Scott over Medicaid expansion

A top Democratic super PAC is putting $2.6 million behind a new ad attacking Gov. Rick Scott over health care funding and for failing to expand Medicaid.

"Scott puts insurance companies first; Bill Nelson puts Florida first," the ad asserts.

It's the second major ad buy on Nelson's behalf from Senate Majority PAC, and it highlights Democrats' strategy of making health care a focus.

"Bill Nelson took on insurance companies; forcing them to cover people with pre-existing conditions," the ad states.

It starts tomorrow.

The first ad, at $2.2 million, was a Nelson bio spot.

Additionally, Senate Majority PAC has reserved $23 million in air time for Nelson starting in October and running through Election Day.

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