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Mike Haridopolos loses tea-party straw vote in his own backyard

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.

The results: 

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