Breaking out of a dead heat in Florida, Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson opens a 44 to 36 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Today’s results compare to a tie with Nelson at 41 percent and Mack at 40 percent in a January 11 survey.
Today, Nelson leads 46 to 32 percent among women, while men split 41 to 41 percent. Republicans go 75 to 9 percent for Mack while Nelson leads 80 to 7 percent among Democrats and 40 to 30 percent among independent voters, but 27 percent of these voters are undecided.
“President Barack Obama’s surge in Florida is helping Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election chances,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Just as President Obama’s lead in the presidential race in the Sunshine State is fueled by female voters, so too is Nelson’s. He also is running better among several groups, including whites and Catholics and voters 50 to 64 years old.”
By the way, did Quinnipiac just not bother to poll Nelson vs. George LeMieux?