Here is your preview of the race for United States Senate between Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Connie Mack IV.
Florida Politics with Frank Torres and today we’re talking about the race for U.S Senate between Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Connie Mack IV. Wow, so much to say about this race. Let’s start with Connie Mack’s route. Connie Mack entered the Senate race fairly late, he entered an underwhelming field of candidates, that left Republicans looking for another alternative. You had George Lemieux who was up for a little while in the race, you had Adam Hasner who is currently running for Congress in the southern part of the state, you had Craig Miller who lost a Republican primary after he checked down. And a couple of others, so it was an underwhelming field. When Connie Mack jumped in, he took over the primary, like I said before, Hasner and Miller checked down to Congressional races, and he eventually wore down George Lemieux, he couldn’t keep up with the fundraising, momentum, or anything else, so Connie Mack was able to win his primary fairly easy because there really was no strong opposition, he didn’t have to debate, he didn’t have to do anything, his campaign was accused of being arrogant, of not having the hunger, well, it was an easy primary for him, so it was easy to see how those accusations could come about. As soon as the general election came along, the game changed, Bill Nelson has been ahead in polling the entire time, I believe at the time of this recording he still is ahead in polling and he still is favored to win this race, in the one debate they had (it was a very underwhelming debate) Bill Nelson had the edge, not so much in substance, or even style, but the general short format of the debate favored Bill Nelson. I believe the Presidential race will weigh heavily on this Senate race. If President Obama wins there is going to be a pretty good chance that Bill Nelson wins, if Mitt Romney wins, well, Bill Nelson still might have a shot but, it will help Mack some. The polling has closed up a little bit. Mack is what I would slightly say outside of striking distance. But, it’s not over yet, we’ll see if Connie Mack can make some magic happen over these next 10 days, but he has to be the underdog moving forward. On the grand scheme of things, on the national level, Republicans trying to take back the Senate, they already have the house, imagine if they can win the Presidency and sweep the entire thing, so this race is really important and I expect Connie Mack to step it up, he’s got a job ahead of him, he’s the underdog moving forward, Bill Nelson is favored to win, a race the whole country will be watching, make sure to do your homework on this one, for Florida Politics with Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.
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