Poll: Mack Has Big Lead In Florida GOP Senate Race

          ORLANDO, Florida -- U.S. Representative Connie Mack holds a wide lead in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Florida, getting 40 percent of the vote to 7 percent for former U.S. Senator George LeMieux and 8 percent for Tea party favorite Mike McCalister, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.  Another 41 percent are undecided.

A general election matchup is too close to call as Mack gets 42 percent to Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s 41 percent.

“Although some activists have been critical of Congressman Connie Mack and his campaign, he retains an overwhelming lead in the race for the Republican Senate nomination and is tied with Sen. Bill Nelson,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac   University Polling Institute.  “It is not clear how the late entrance of former Congressman Dave Weldon into the race will affect the campaign, but Mack’s lead is pretty formidable with three months until the primary.”

Weldon was not included in the names of candidates offered survey respondents because he had not made clear his intention to run when the poll began.

The too-close-to-call November Senate matchup compares to Nelson’s 44 – 36 percent lead in a March 29 Quinnipiac University poll.  Today, Nelson leads LeMieux 43 – 36 percent.

From May 15 – 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,722 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.  The survey includes 742 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.  


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