Q-poll: Bill Nelson opens 8-point lead over Connie Mack, 44%-36%

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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?

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.