As the prognosticators in the national media gaze into their crystal balls, they don’t like what they see for the GOP’s chances in Florida, specifically for Connie Mack in the US Senate race and Adam Hasner in Congressional District 22.
Writing in the National Journal, Josh Kraushaar believes Mack is one of the chief obstacles to the Republicans winning control of the US Senate:
“Florida is another state that is looking promising for Romney but challenging for Senate Republicans. The expected nominee is Mack, whose campaign has gotten off to a shaky start. He has struggled to win over the conservative rank-and-file, and has been openly criticized by the Florida GOP consultant class. His fundraising is are weak and not expected to improve with the release of his second-quarter numbers this month.
“Florida Republican insiders argue that the political environment is so tough for Democrats that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson should be almost as vulnerable as Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Jon Tester in Montana. Even as polling shows Nelson running slightly ahead of Mack, the pessimism in GOP circles about the challenger’s campaign is palpable.”
Meanwhile, the Charlie Cook’s Political Report has moved the race for Congressional District 22 between Republican Adam Hasner and the winner of the Democratic primary between Lois Frankel and Kristin Jacobs to ‘leaning’ Democrat.