Times/Herald poll: Bill Nelson 49%, Connie Mack 43%

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Mitt Romney’s coattails do not appear to be strong enough to carry Connie Mack into the U.S. Senate, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll.

Democrat Bill Nelson retains a six-point lead in the high profile matchup, as Republican ticket-splitters and independent voters continue to provide the crucial margin Nelson needs to return to Washington.

Nelson leads Mack 49 percent to 43 percent and gets one out of every nine Romney voters — a sign that voters are looking for “someone who can work across the aisle” in the closely-divided Senate, said Brad Coker, director of the nonpartisan Mason Dixon Polling and Research, which conducted the poll.

“Independents aren’t sold that Republicans have the answers, and they aren’t sold that Democrats have the answers,” he said.

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