Bill Nelson leads Connie Mack 47 to 40 percent, according to new Rasmussen survey

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Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson still leads Republican Connie Mack in Florida’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the Sunshine State finds Nelson with 47% support to Mack’s 40%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, while eight percent (8%) are undecided.

Nelson is viewed favorably by 51% of Florida voters and unfavorably by 38%. This includes 21% with a very favorable opinion and 20% with a very unfavorable one.

For Mack, favorables are 40% and unfavorables 48%, including 17% with a very favorable view of him and 24% with a very unfavorable one. This marks little change for either man from a month ago.

Nelson holds a slight 47% to 46% edge over Mack among male voters but has a larger 47% to 34% advantage among female voters.

Senior citizens favor Mack, while those who are younger tend to support Nelson.

Mack draws support from 76% of Republicans, while 82% of Florida Democrats like Nelson.  Among voters not affiliated with either political party, Nelson is ahead 45% to 31%.  But 23% of these voters either favor another candidate in the race or are undecided.

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