Mack touts best fund-raising quarterby John Kennedy | October 10th, 2012
Already the heavy favorite of third-party spending groups, Republican Connie Mack said Wednesday that his campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has completed its best fund-raising quarter, pulling in $2.7 million.
“We could not be in a better position for the final stretch of this race,” said Jeff Cohen, Mack’s campaign manager.
“Our outstanding fundraising results reflect the fact that this race is far closer than the media and their public polls indicate,” he added. “Our own internal polling continues to show this race is a dead heat, and Floridians are now just weeks away from retiring Bill Nelson and his lockstep liberal agenda.”
Mack has been steadily pumping up his personal campaign cash, but headed into this fall with only $1.4 million in the bank – compared with $8.8 million for Nelson. The Democrat hasn’t yet reported his fundraising for the July 1-Sept. 30 quarter.
Polls show Mack trailing Nelson by an average 5.6 percent. But there’s been no survey of Florida voters since Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney’s recent surge in the polls — a move that may also be helping the chances of many GOP contenders, including Mack.
Romney’s once tattered coattails don’t look so bad at the moment.
“If Mitt Romney wins, I win. If I win, Mitt Romney wins,” Mack has said. “So we are certainly going to be tied together.”
While Romney’s recent debate performance helped boost his prospects against President Obama, Mack has his own chance to shine under the TV lights. Mack and Nelson are scheduled to meet next Wednesday for their only statewide television debate at Davie’s Nova Southeastern University.