Democrats’ hopes of holding on to their Senate seat in Florida appear to be looking up, with a new Washington Post poll showing Sen. Bill Nelson holding a 14-point lead on Rep. Connie Mack among likely voters, 54 percent to 40 percent, reports the Washington Post.
Nelson, who also leads by 18 points among registered voters, holds a strong edge among basically all the key swing demographics, including among independents (55-37), moderates (65-25) and in the Tampa Bay (56-41) and Orlando (49-43) areas along the crucial Interstate-4 corridor.
Nelson also wins more Republicans (15 percent) and voters who chose Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential race (18 percent) than Mack wins among Democrats (4 percent) and 2008 supporters of President Obama (11 percent).
While Mack was able to close the gap during the summer and even led in some polls, four polls this month have shown Nelson building a double-digit lead: an automated SurveyUSA poll, an NBC News/Marist College poll, a Fox News poll and, last week, a Mason-Dixon poll that had Nelson leading 48 percent to 40 percent.
Nelson has strong numbers at 55 percent favorable and 33 percent unfavorable, but Mack is underwater at 41 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable.