Rasmussen poll: Bill Nelson 49%, Connie Mack 46%

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Incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson holds just a three-point lead now in Florida’s U.S. Senate race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Florida voters shows Nelson with 49% support to 46% for his Republican challenger, Congressman Connie Mack.  Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.

A week ago, Nelson posted a 48% to 43% lead. Nelson’s support has ranged from 47% to 52% in surveys since August, while Mack has earned 40% to 46% of the vote in that period.

Mitt Romney still holds a small lead over President Obama in the Sunshine State.

Florida allows early voting, and 23% of the state’s likely voters have already cast their ballots. Nelson leads 55% to 41% among these voters.

Mack leads by eight points among male voters but trails by 12 among female voters. Voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties prefer the incumbent by a 58% to 32% margin.

Nelson, who is seeking a third six-year term in the Senate, is viewed favorably by 49% of Florida voters and unfavorably by 43%. This includes 29% with a Very Favorable opinion of him and 27% with a Very Unfavorable one.

Forty-seven percent (47%) share a favorable opinion of Mack, a member of Congress since 2005, while 43% regard him unfavorably. He’s viewed Very Favorably by 22% and Very Unfavorably by 27%.

Sixteen percent (16%) of Florida voters describe the U.S. economy as good or excellent, but 48% think it’s in poor shape. Thirty-five percent (35%) say the economy is getting better, while 43% believe it’s getting worse.

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.