December 11, 2011

Editorial: Florida Senate battle under way Editorial: It’s still eight months before Republicans and Democrats in Florida officially settle on their candidates for U.S. Senate, but the likely matchup is already clear, and it’s time to start comparing the combatants.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Southwest Florida’s own Congressman Connie Mack IV, who enjoys a huge lead over other GOP contenders in early polls, have extensive records for voters to examine. We present a selection of those votes today, plus information about where to find more material.

The battle over Nelson’s Senate seat shapes up as a tight one, with Mack already at least competitive with the incumbent in the polls. A Quinnipiac University poll last month showed Mack trailing the senator 42 percent to 40 percent, a statistical dead heat. More recently, Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed Nelson ahead 46-35; a Rasmussen poll has put Mack ahead 43-39.

The race is crucial to both parties’ hopes for controlling the Senate. It should attract a lot of attention and money; last year, three major candidates for the state’s other Senate seat spent $42.6 million in the race won by Republican Marco Rubio. . . . Read Full Story

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