With almost eight months to go, it’s way too soon for Florida Republicans to high-five each other. But at least for now Congressman Connie Mack IV, who leads in the race for the Republican Senate nomination, also leads liberal Democrat incumbent Senator Bill Nelson 43 to 36 percent in a Rasmussen poll of likely voters released this week. The same poll last month found the race a tie.
Two other Republican senatorial candidates, South Florida attorney and former U.S. Senator George LeMieux and Plant City businessman Mike McCalister, trail Nelson by a small margin in the same poll.