A new poll shows Sen. Bill Nelson opening an even wider margin over Republican opponent Rep. Katherine Harris.
The Quinnipiac University poll, which earlier this week suggested the governor's race is tightening, gave Nelson a 64 percent edge to Harris' 29 percent. That compares to 61-33 percent Nelson lead in an Oct. 11 poll.
Seven percent remain undecided in the poll of 816 likely voters and 10 percent of those who named a candidate said they might change their minds by election day.
Still, the poll notes that Nelson leads "across virtually all demographic groups and regions" - even garnering 33 percent of Republican voters to Harris's 62 percent.
"Sen. Nelson can sleep very well at night. It would be hard to think of a previous election in which a U.S. Senate candidate was up 35 points with two weeks to go and lost the election,'' said Peter Brown, assistant director of the university's polling institute.
The poll was conducted Oct. 18 to 22 - before the pair's first debate - and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
The poll also carries some sobering news for President Bush, who campaigned Tuesday in Florida on behalf of embattled GOP Congressional candidates.
The poll shows a majority of those surveyed - 58 to 36 percent - disapprove of the job Bush is doing. And by 52 to 35 percent, voters said they prefer the Democrats rather than Republicans to control Congress.
By a 45 to 18 percent margin, those surveyed said the administration's and Republican-led Congress's records make them less likely to back GOP candidates running for office in Florida.
But at a White House press conference Wednesday morning, Bush rejected polls that suggest Democrats will take over at least one chamber of Congress.
"We're going to win,' Bush said. "From our perspective, our people are ready to go out there and vote to return our candidates to power."