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Game-changer: late entrant Mack leads GOP Senate field, nearly ties Democratic Sen. Nelson

by George Bennett | November 11th, 2011

Mack: Zero to frontrunner in two weeks

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral, has become the instant frontrunner in the GOP Senate primary and runs virtually even with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, a new Quinnipiac University poll says.

“The entrance of Congressman Connie Mack into the Senate race changes what had been shaping up as an easy reelection for Sen. Bill Nelson into a tough fight that the incumbent could lose,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The fact that Mack is essentially tied with Nelson, who has been a statewide political figure for two decades, should set off warning bells at Democratic headquarters.”

Mack, whose office announced he would enter the race Oct. 26, gets 32 percent of GOP primary support in a poll taken Oct. 31 to Nov. 7. Placing a distant second is former appointed Sen. George LeMieux at 9 percent, followed by businessman Mike McCalister at 6 percent and 2 percent apiece for former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner and former restaurant CEO Craig Miller.

As was the case for months before Mack got into the Republican Senate race, the biggest GOP number is the 45 percent of voters who say they are undecided.

In a hypothetical general election matchup, two-term incumbent Nelson gets 42 percent and Mack gets 40 percent — a virtual tie considering the poll’s 2.9 percent margin of error.

While President Obama and Gov. Rick Scott have high disapproval ratings among Florida voters, Nelson gets a 47 percent approval score with 27 percent disapproving.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio‘s approval rating is 49 percent, with 29 percent disapproving — essentially unchanged since September and unscathed by a flap over whether he exaggerated the exile status of his Cuban-born parents.

11 Responses to “Game-changer: late entrant Mack leads GOP Senate field, nearly ties Democratic Sen. Nelson”

  1. v Says:

    I think the people being polled may be confusing connie mack with his dad whos also named Connie Mack

  2. Peter Schorsch Says:

    Instant analysis of today’s Quinnipiac poll showing Connie Mack dominating GOP primary

    http://t.co/teFA9NXK

  3. Nelson has to Go Says:

    Mack’s problem will be that he lives and spends most of his time in California with his wife.

    As for Bill Nelson, the guy has done nothing for Florida in all the 30+ years he has held office. Can you specifically name something Bill Nelson has done?

    Bill Nelson did little to keep the 26,000 space coast jobs from disappearing. Do you remember him coming and talking and advocating for the space agency and keeping those jobs?

    What a putz. Bill Nelson is a LIFETIME politican who has done nothing for FL. NOTHING!

  4. Big Dem Says:

    Bill Nelson has been the Democrat Party leaders dream senator from Florida. He does what they tell him to and never thinks for himself. he is a complete party loyalist who does not question orders from Haarry Reid. He is a former astronaut who ALLOWED NASA to be gutted without a peep! It is time long past for this party hack to go!

  5. Gerald Childs Says:

    Because of current political philosophy, if you vote Republican for U.S. Senate or House of Representatives you are seriously risking a reduction in social security and medicare benefits.

  6. Dee Says:

    I will never vote for a Republican or Bag of Tea!

  7. See ya LePew Says:

    Mack has my vote! Poor LePew…his stomach is in knots because he knows that he will never ever be elected anything. He so deperately wants to be important…but, got news for him… he never has been and never will be important.

  8. Downtown Danny Says:

    MACK IS A FRAUD! This creep used his former wife & 2 kids in mailers he sent out touting his “family values” then went to DC and had affairs all over town, culminating with an affair with Sonny Bono’s wife, who he openly paraded around town with. He divorced his wife and married her, leaving his wife & kids to live in squaler in Lauderdale. The press outed him when she applied for food stamps. He then began making his support payments. He has spent zero time in his own district, instead going home with Bonos wife to her home. His past included DUI’s, bar room beatings (baseball player Ron Gant broke his arm and blackened his eye in an Atlanta bar when Mack mouthed off to him) and he is known as a jerk by all who come into contact with him.
    He is also dumb as a rock and lives off his daddys name & money. If his name was Joe Smith he’d be living in a trailer park in Ft. Myers working at Walmart.

  9. wyn Says:

    Here we go again. Another useless poll to scare voters. This Connie Mack is nothing like his dad. Haven’t we voted in enough Republican losers. Just look at what’s happening under Scott. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Did you get one of the 700,000 jobs yet? How’s Rubio working out for you? I’m investing in billboard signs–All Corporations, Welcome to Florida, low taxes, low wages. We privatize everything.

  10. what? Says:

    RUBIO IS TERRIFIC..MEDICARE ADVANTAGE KILLER NELSON WILL BE HISTORY

  11. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    As said before, years ago I used to think Nelson was a good guy.

    No more!

    Just another shallow slimy un-principled weasel politician whose next comment and position is controlled by pay-off lobbyists and the most recent polling numbers.

    Most of us are finally fed up with this sort of self-serving deceitful politics as usual character.

    Time for a clean sweep.

    He is toast in the next election no matter how much money he has to spend on BS ads.

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