By Javier ManjarresThe latest Republican U.S. Senate primary poll paints a very murky picture for Republicans in Florida. The poll has Congressman Connie Mack leading the pack with 39%, and followed by George LeMieux with 6%, McCalister with 5%, Adam Hasner at 1%, but a staggering 49% of the people that were polled are undecided, raising serious doubts as to whether Democrat senator Bill Nelson can be defeated in the 2012 general election.
Earlier this year, we speculated that a possible Allen West Senate run was not a stretch, considering that West’s fan base have openly suggested that the Congressman should consider a run for President. Here is what we stated:
Considering that 49% of likely Republicans voters are undecided and the fact that West’s newly proposed congressional district will likely make the district more winnable for Democrats, is it possible that West might reconsider his decision to not run for U. S. Senate- much like Congressman Mack did?
Why? West has already proven that he is able to raise the millions needed to win a congressional race, and he could easily do so in a statewide race. Congressman West’s name ID is increasing everyday across the country through plenty of earned media appearances and memorable Youtube ‘performances’. Like Senator Marco Rubio, West has the ‘Tea Party’ and the base of the Republican party already sewn up- in addition to his burgeoning national support. If West were to jump in the Senate race either late this year or early next year, his national exposure would guarantee huge donations from Floridians and from Americans from across the country.
Factor in West’s motivational and inspirational speaking ability, an ability that in my opinion that is indeed “Reagan-like” with a little ‘cadence’, put him in car driving across the state, and you will see a repeat of the 2010 U.S. Senate race- Nelson would not stand a chance.”-(Allen West for U.S. Senate in 2012?)
Some activists believe that it is too late for West to reconsider, but there is a window of opportunity for West to change his mind and make a Senate run. With Democratic Senator Ben Nelson not seeking re-election, the door is wide open for a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate. The Nelson retirement only adds to the importance of defeating Nelson in Florida, and a possible West Senate run would solidify the entire statewide Republican ticket, not to mention that it would greatly increase the chances winning Florida for the eventual Republican presidential nominee.
Senator Marco Rubio will lead the charge in Florida, quite possibly in the capacity of the Vice Presidential nominee. Rubio has stated that “he could work with him” (West) were he to run for the Senate and win. Rubio made the statement back when rumors of a possible West senate candidacy were reaching a fever pitch, but West soon stated that he would not seek the position.
While Rubio showed interest in the possibility of working with West, several influential Florida insiders were actively lobbying West to jump into the race. Without divulging too much about what was actually said, let’s just say that the notion of a West senate campaign was seriously discussed between all parties.
Is Allen West the Republican party’s best chance to beat Democrat Bill Nelson, or will Hasner or Mack be able to ‘step up their game’ to overcome Nelson’s incumbency advantage and win the seat?