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Democratic donors in Florida are trying to persuade former National Basketball Association stars Dwyane Wade and Grant Hill to run for a Florida U.S. Senate seat in 2024, NBC News reported May 8, 2023.

Wade, 41, led Marquette University to a Final Four appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in 2003.

He then played for the Miami Heat in 15 of his 17 seasons in the NBA, ending in 2019.

The Florida donors and party operatives are seeking a high-profile candidate to run as a Democrat against Republican Sen. Rick Scott, NBC reported.

Scott, the former governor, was elected to the Senate in 2018. He defeated the incumbent, Democrat Bill Nelson, by 50.1% to 49.9%.

Cook Political Report rates the 2024 race as “likely Republican.”

Wade stated that he and his family moved out of Florida in support of his 15-year-old transgender daughter after state lawmakers pushed to implement anti-LGBTQ laws there.

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NBC News Democratic donors hope to recruit NBA legends Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade to run for Senate in Florida

Encyclopedia Britannica Dwyane Wade

US Senator Rick Scott Rick Scott Senate Biography

New York Times Florida Senate Election Results: Bill Nelson vs. Rick Scott

Cook Political Report 2024 CPR Senate Race Ratings

The Hill Dwyane Wade says his family left Florida because they ‘would not be accepted’ there

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for PolitiFact and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.