By Javier ManjarresThe recent departure of former Senate George LeMieux from the Republican U.S. Senate primary has cleared the way for Congressman Connie Mack to become the Republican nominee to square off against Democrat Senator Bill Nelson.
While there are other candidates who are mounting outsider grassroots campaigns with just weeks to go before the primary elections in August- most notably former U.S.Congressman Dave Weldon and Marielena Stuart- their efforts are likely too little too late. Stuart recently won the Pinellas GOP straw poll, and she is slowly building support from some Tea Party activists and Libertarians who admire her brash talking style-
I am going to smoke Connie Mack out of his hole – Marielena Stuart
Congressman Weldon, who recently spoke to the Broward Tea Party in Pembroke Pines could turn out to be a more formidable opponent for Mack as he is quickly soaking up the Right to Life voters that LeMieux had before he dropped out of the race.
Regardless of whoever prevails in the Republican primary, the latest Quinnipiac Poll has some very favorable results for the eventual primary winner. Quinnipiac’s poll has Nelson leading Mack 41-40, and it’s increasingly clear that Nelson is an unpopular incumbent who has lost considerable popularity as a consistent ally of President Obama.
Mack calls Nelson a “lockstep” for fully supporting President Obama’s failed policies including the nixing of the Keystone XL Pipeline, Obamacare, and the 2009 Stimulus Act.These poll numbers are very ominous for Democrats who have considered Nelson’s seat a lock for their party. Democrats have held onto this seat because Nelson has veiled his true governing philosophy behind more moderate sounding rhetoric as well as by pandering to both sides of the aisle.
Nelson and many other Democrats felt so comfortable after Obama’s coronation in 2008 that they believed there would be no repercussions for supporting such an agenda so radical and reckless, but they are now about to pay the political consequences for doing so.
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