Rasmussen Reports: Bill Nelson leads Connie Mack, 47-40%

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Sen. Bill Nelson holds a 7-percentage point lead over GOP challenger Rep. Connie Mack in Florida’s Senate race, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday.

The poll of Sunshine State voters has Nelson leading Mack by a 47 to 40 percent margin. Three percent of the survey’s respondents like some other candidate and 10 percent are undecided.

The survey shows 22 percent of voters regard Mack as “very unfavorable”– up eight points from a month ago, while just 14 percent hold a “very favorable view” of the four-term congressman.

Nelson’s favorability numbers, meanwhile, have improved over the past month, as he now is viewed as “very favorably” by 21 percent and “very unfavorably” by 18 percent. The survey’s results suggest the ads Nelson’s campaign launched in early August– one positive spot and one drawing attention to Mack’s “questionable work habits”– may be resonating with voters.

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.