Looks like the tough ads by outside groups attacking Bill Nelson may be taking a toll on the Democratic incumbent. From Rasmussen Reports:
Republican Congressman Connie Mack draws his highest level of support yet against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida’s 2012 U.S. Senate race.
A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Mack earning 46% of the vote to Nelson’s 37%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The numbers were flipped back in April when Nelson held a 47% to 36% lead over Mack. At that time, Mack still had heavy competition for the GOP nomination and was being heavily criticized for a lackluster campaign. The contest was closer in earlier surveys....
Mack draws 86% support from voters in his own party, while Nelson is backed by just 66% of the state's Democrats. But the incumbent leads Nelson leads by nine points among Florida voters not affiliated with either major political party.
The Republican leads 43% to 37% among male voters in Florida and by an even wider 48% to 38% margin among female voters.
Nelson is viewed Very Favorably by 17% of Florida voters and Very Unfavorably by 25%. The latter finding is up from the previous poll.
For Mack, ratings are 18% Very Favorable and 14% Very Unfavorable. Both ratings have inched up slightly from April.
--ADAM C. SMITH