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Q Poll: Sen. Bill Nelson tied with Connie Mack, who's killing GOP rivals. Voters back Stand Your Ground

From a press release:

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack holds a wide lead in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, getting 40 percent of the vote to 7 percent for former Sen. George LeMieux and 8 percent for Tea party favorite Mike McCalister, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.***  Another 41 percent are undecided.

A general election matchup is too close to call as Mack gets 42 percent to Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s 41 percent.

Gov. Rick Scott’s job approval has risen above 40 percent for the first time, although he still remains underwater with a negative 41 – 46 percent rating from voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

A majority of registered voters, 56 – 35 percent, support the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law that has come under recent scrutiny.   Support is 78 – 15 percent among Republicans and   58 – 35 percent among independent voters while Democrats are opposed 59 – 32 percent.  Men support “Stand Your Ground” 65 – 31 percent while women support it 48 – 39 percent.  Support is 61 – 31 percent among white voters and 53 – 36 percent among Hispanic voters while black voters are opposed 56 – 30 percent.

“Although some activists have been critical of Congressman Connie Mack and his campaign, he retains an overwhelming lead in the race for the Republican Senate nomination and is tied with Sen. Bill Nelson,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac   University Polling Institute. 

“It is not clear how the late entrance of former Congressman Dave Weldon into the race will affect the campaign, but Mack’s lead is pretty formidable with three months until the primary.”

*** There will be some partisan handwringing regarding the undersample of self-identified Democrats in the poll. Go here for more about that

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