It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Senator Bill Nelson in terms of polls as yet another poll released shows that Governor Rick Scott is ahead of Senator Nelson when it comes to hispanic people in South Florida.
Results from Miami’s Telemundo 51 Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy survey showed that Governor Scott has a 42% lead over Senator Nelson’s 39%. There is strong support for the Governor among Cuban-American’s in South Florida, and there’s also relatively weak backing for the Senator among non-Cuban voters.
Brad Coker, a poller for Mason-Dixon, commented on the results by saying that Senator Nelson finds himself in a tough spot if he wants to win his re-election bid. Coker explained that Senator Nelson is to blame for this because “It’s typical Nelson. He goes to Washington and he more or less blends in for five years; you don’t hear much from him. And then comes back a year, or a year-and-a-half before the election and he starts putting his coalition together. He has been able to get away with that because he has had historically weak opponents. Not now.”
Commenting on Governor Scott’s efforts to win the seat, Coker added that “Nelson’s got an opponent with more money than him. He’s got an opponent with a lot of name recognition. And he’s got an opponent who’s going in and raiding his base and is so far doing OK. Nelson is scrambling and playing catch-up.”