Poll: Bill Nelson Leads Connie Mack IV by Eight Points in Senate Race

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Just two weeks ago, a Rasmussen poll showed Republican Connie Mack IV beating incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by seven points, but now a new Quinnipiac poll shows an almost opposite picture. According to Q, Nelson now leads Mack by eight points in the battle of Senator Spacesnakes vs. "the Charlie Sheen of Florida Politics."

In the poll, 44 percent of Floridians say they'd vote for Nelson, while 36 percent say they'd cast their ballot for Mack.

Nelson has a ten-point advantage among independents and an astounding 14-point advantage among women.

"President Barack Obama's surge in Florida is helping Sen. Bill Nelson's re-election chances," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a release. "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."

he moderate Nelson has never been left-leaning voters' favorite Democrat, but 80 percent are ready to vote for him this time around. By comparison, only three out of four Republicans say they're ready to vote for Mack.

It's the widest lead in this race by Nelson in Quinnipiac polling and his first outside the margin of error. In January, Nelson led by only one point.

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MackTheKnife
MackTheKnife

Really, people are going to vote for the idiot Connie Mack IV? 

Mack's campaign said he won't discuss the incidents with The Associated Press, saying he has already answered questions about them, but here's how Mack explained each incident during a deposition taken in 1996, four years after the fight with Gant:

— Sometime around 1987 when Mack was in college, he was driving and stopped at a drawbridge with friends in Palm Beach County. One of his friends was screaming like comedian Howie Mandel, which apparently upset the driver next to them. When the man approached Mack's car, Mack got out and the man jumped on him. The two wrestled, struck each other and when the drawbridge went back down, Mack got back in his car and drove off.

— Within the next year, Mack's girlfriend was driving his car when a driver forced her off the road. Both cars stopped and Mack got out. The other driver tried to punch Mack, so Mack punched him. The driver went back to his car, grabbed a baseball bat and chased Mack around the car and smashed its windows.

— In 1989, Mack and two friends were at a Jacksonville nightclub and Mack had nothing to drink. A bouncer asked the three men to leave because one of Mack's friends was violating the club's no hats policy. Mack asked to speak to the manager and questioned why they had to leave. The manager didn't have time to talk with him and asked an off-duty sheriff's deputy to escort them out of the club. Mack never resisted, never cursed, yet was still arrested.

— In 1992, Mack used Gant's table to sign a credit card receipt while getting ready to leave Calico Jack's. Gant shoved Mack twice. The second time, he was hurled toward a crowd, which pushed him back. As he was thrust forward toward Gant, Mack put his hands out to brace his fall and Gant got him in a headlock. He hit Gant's genitals in an attempt to free himself, fearing he might be choked to death.

While court records in the civil suit didn't contain accounts from the other men involved in the road rage incidents, conflicting stories emerged in the Jacksonville and Atlanta encounters. 

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

 Gee, "MackTheKnife,"  you sound like a real insider for the Nelson campaign.  I think the people of Florida are more mature than to use something that happened 20+ years ago when Mack was in his late teens/early 20s, against him.   

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