Connie Mack’s change of heart could pay big dividends for Republicans in their quest to take control of the U.S. Senate in 2012. While it is still early, this is a good sign for the GOP heading into 2012. Rasmussen Reports has more:
Republican Congressman Connie Mack changed his mind late last month about challenging longtime Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in 2012, and now he finds himself with a modest edge over the incumbent in the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Floridaâs U.S. Senate race.
The latest statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Mack with 43% to Nelsonâs 39%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and 13% remain undecided.
Nelson leads another Republican challenger, Congressman Adam Hasner, 40% to 31%. Nine percent (9%) prefers some other candidate in the race, while 19% are not sure.
Nelson picks up 39% against former Senator George LeMieux, who draws support from 33%. Ten percent (10%) like some other candidate given this matchup, and 18% are undecided.
Among voters not affiliated with either party, Mack draws 38% of the vote, while Nelson is backed by 35%. Nelson holds a small lead over the other two GOP contenders among unaffiliated voters.
This Florida survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted on November 17, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.