Romney coattails? Bill Nelson 43%, Connie Mack 43%, according to new poll

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A new We Ask America poll of Florida finds Sen. Bill Nelson locked into a dead heat with challenger Connie Mack, with each candidate receiving just under 44%.  These numbers represent a deviation from the Real Clear Politics average of +6.5 for Nelson and a suggestion that Mitt Romney’s recent surge in the polls may be providing some sort of coattail effect.

Of course, the partisan ID for this poll was GOP 38%, Dem 33%, Ind 29% — an unrealistic framework suggesting that Florida Republicans will turnout in much greater numbers than Democrats.

As the pollster involved in this survey cautions, these new numbers could reflect just an uptick inside the margin of error or they could be the beginning of a surge for Republican candidates across the board.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.