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Connie Mack’s Final Campaign Push

by Javier Manjarres

If Mitt Romney wins Florida by 5 or more points as two recent polls suggest that he is doing, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Connie Mack would not win his race for U.S. Senate against Bill Nelson.  Riding the coattails of Romney is by and large the strategy that ‘Team Mack’ has employed since day one, much to the disappointment of many grassroots activists and GOP faithful, as many had hoped that Mack would have more fully traversed the state and engaged grassroots support in much the same way that Marco Rubio did during the 2010 election cycle.

But Mack’s ‘Freedom Bus Tour’ is building up momentum of its own in the final stage of the race, and Mack himself has reiterated that if “Mitt Romney wins, I win.”

 The Freedom Tour has been racking up some serious highway miles with stops in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, and many stops in between.  The final campaign push on Monday will culminate with a Victory Rally in Naples with Republican congressional nominee Trey Radel, who is a virtual lock to win the congressional seat Congressman Mack gave up when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate. 

Kudos to  Team Mack for mounting a formidable #MackMentum social media effort,which in my opinion,  has brought Mack’s campaign back into the political mix.

Mack’s Democrat opponent Bill Nelson has dutifully towed the Democrat Party line and the reckless Obama agenda throughout the last four years, shattering any pretense to his claim that he’s a “moderate” who is willing to work with people on both sides of the aisle.  If Nelson were to win, there’ simply little evidence from the last six years that he would continue to be anything but part of the problem in Washington D.C. and not part of the solution which necessitates extracting ourselves from the last four years of failed policies. 

On the other hand, Mack has offered his “Penny Plan” for balancing the federal budget,called for the defunding of the United Nations,  and has called for a definitive investigation into the cover-up by the Obama administration of the Benghazi consulate attacks that killed four Americans- Nelson has remained AWOL on all of these important issues.  

The recent polls have Mack trailing Nelson by anywhere from three to eight percentage points- most polls are within the margin of error.  Given that many polls have been oversampling Democrats, this race is essentially a toss up that will be won in the final 48 hours.  

With some polls showing Romney up by as many as 7 points in Florida, will Mack ride those strong coattails right into the U.S. Senate? 

Related: Mack on Benghazi Cover-Up

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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Connie Mack’s Final Campaign Push

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