Gov. Rick Scott officially starts re-election campaign

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, surrounded by Photon-X employees and Osceola County officials, announces at a news conference that the company, Photon-X, will relocate to Osceola County Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Kissimmee, Fla. Photon-X, a 3D imaging company, is moving its headquarters from Huntsville, Ala., to Osceola County, bringing more than 100 high-paying technical jobs to the area. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, surrounded by Photon-X employees and Osceola County officials, announces at a news conference that the company, Photon-X, will relocate to Osceola County Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Kissimmee, Fla. Photon-X, a 3D imaging company, is moving its headquarters from Huntsville, Ala., to Osceola County, bringing more than 100 high-paying technical jobs to the area. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is making his re-election bid official.

The Republican incumbent on Tuesday opened his official campaign account and turned in paperwork to seek a second term in office.

Scott has made no secret of his plans to run for re-election. But he had not taken the official steps that allow him to collect money, or have him designated as an active candidate.

For the last two years Scott has been raising millions for a political organization called Let's Get to Work. But that organization cannot spend money on television ads that urge voters to vote for Scott.

There are nearly 30 other candidates who have filed paperwork to run for governor. The two most prominent candidates are Democrats Charlie Crist and former State Sen. Nan Rich.

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