Q-poll: Bill Nelson 41%, Connie Mack 40%

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Election Year opens in Florida with the US Senate race too close to call, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson has 41 percent, with 40 percent for his leading Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack.

In the U.S. Senate race, Congressman Mack gets 39 percent in the GOP primary, which is held in August.  Mike McCalister and former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux are way behind with 6 percent each.  No other candidate tops 2 percent.  Another 42 percent are undecided.

“Connie Mack remains far ahead of the GOP field and there has been little movement since he entered the race late last year.  With four out of 10 GOP primary voters still undecided, nothing is certain, but one would much rather be in Mack’s shoes than any of the other GOP contenders,” Brown said.

Mack has a 32 – 13 percent favorability rating with 54 percent who don’t know enough about him.

Nelson has a 47 – 30 percent job approval rating and a 41 – 23 percent favorability rating. “Good but not great,” said Brown, “and voters say 44 – 35 percent he deserves another six years in the Senate.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.