The bad news keeps coming for Florida Senate President and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Haridopolos. Yesterday, we learned his two top-level staffers were leaving his campaign. Now we get word he lost the Space Coast Tea Party straw poll.
The big winner: Adam Hasner, who's getting that tea-party buzz.
Straw polls by themselves are no biggie. But this is the backyard for the Merritt Island Republican. And straw polls they mean something. Just ask Charlie Crist when now-Sen. Marco Rubio parlayed straw-poll wins and tea-party appearances into what seemed like an improbable win in 2010.
Who would you MOST like to be Florida’s U.S. Senator in 2012?
Adam Hasner – 36 votes
Mike McCalister – 24 votes
George LeMieux – 12 votes
Mike Haridopolos – 5 votes
Undecided – 13 votes
Who would you LEAST like to be U.S. Senator in 2012?
Mike Haridopolos – 62 votes
George LeMieux – 7 votes
Adam Hasner – 1 vote
Mike McCalister – 1 vote
Undecided – 1 votes Bill Nelson – 1 vote