‘Scandal’ season 5 episode 19 preview: Mellie and Susan Ross compete on the campaign trail

SCANDAL - "Buckle Up" - As Mellie, Susan and Hollis prepare to meet with Florida's governor and vie for her influential endorsement, a spin war between Abby and Olivia threatens to keep their candidates grounded. Meanwhile, Cyrus is faced with a decision that could dramatically alter his future, on ABC's "Scandal," THURSDAY, APRIL 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Nicole Wilder) ARTEMIS PEBDANI, BELLAMY YOUNG

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Scandal” has taken a break from the campaign trail in the last two episodes, but the election comes back into focus in “Buckle Up.”

Now that Olivia Pope is seemingly over the fact that she has murdered someone, she can focus on Mellie Grant’s campaign again.

In a preview from this week’s episode, Olivia meets with the former first lady and presidential hopeful to devise a plan to win Florida in the Republican primary.

The key, apparently, is kissing up to the two-term governor of the state.

“Governor Baker has the state of Florida on lock down. There isn’t a single judge, mayor, state senator [or], most importantly, delegate in the entire state that doesn’t owe her a favor,” Quinn tells Mellie.

Candidates Mellie, Susan Ross and Hollis Doyle will meet the governor at a dinner, which Olivia refers to as a “Bake Off.”

“The minute that dinner is over, she’s going to hand one of you the state of Florida,” she says.

Elsewhere, Elizabeth North gives Susan Ross the same speech.

The campaign managers tell their candidates if they don’t secure Baker’s approval they will be forced to permanently suspend their campaign.

Which candidate will win Baker’s endorsement and, thus, the state of Florida?

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