(CNN) – New polls released Thursday show Democrats ahead of Republicans in three big Senate races, all of which take place in crucial presidential election battleground states.
Starting with Ohio, incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown enjoys a 14-point lead over Republican challenger and state treasurer Josh Mandel. According to the NBC-Marist survey, 51% of registered voters said they would support Brown, while 37% said they would pick Mandel.
(CNN) - A two-term Democratic senator who could face a challenging re-election next year is reporting some big fundraising figures.
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida will report raising just under $2 million in the third quarter of fundraising this year, according to a source close to Nelson's re-election campaign. The source also says the senator will report having around $7.5 million cash on hand for his re-election bid, and that 5,133 individuals made donations, a 54% increase in contributors over the second quarter.
(CNN) - When Democrats start distancing themselves from their incumbent president, it's either a sign of the times or a look to the future, but either way, it isn't good.
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson handily called President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden "friends," at a press conference Thursday, but hesitated when asked whether he'd campaign with the president in 2012.
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida will run for re-election to the House in 2012, closing the door on a Senate bid, the tea party favorite announced in a statement Monday.
West said he considered launching a primary bid for the Republican Senate nomination to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the next election, but ultimately decided he would be most effective as a member of the House.
(CNN) – Mike Haridopolos announced Monday he has decided to drop out of the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida.
The Florida state senate president, who had planned to continue his state role while running for Senate, said the responsibilities "on both fronts are in conflict."
(CNN) – A new poll spotlighting Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida may give both Democrats and Republicans material to spin.
The Quinnipiac University survey, released Thursday, indicates that 51 percent of Florida voters approve of the job Nelson's doing, with just less than one in four saying they disapprove of how Nelson, a two-term senator who could face a challenging re-election next year, is performing in office.
Washington (CNN) – It seems Mike Haridopolos is living up to his reputation as a strong fund-raiser.
The Florida state Senate president, who's running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, raised $2.6 million in the first three months this year, a source familiar with his fund-raising figures confirms to CNN.
(CNN) - A Senate Democrat who could face a rough road to re-election is showing off his campaign cash.
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida raised around $2 million in the first three months of this year and has between $4.5 million to $5 million cash on hand, according to an email release Wednesday from his re-election campaign. Nelson had $3,083,493 in cash on hand as of the end of last year.
(CNN) - Campaign politics came to Florida Wednesday with the arrival of Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden was in the sunshine state to campaign for incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, and he took time to criticize Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott for turning down federal money for a high-speed rail project, a move Biden said will hurt business in the state.
Washington (CNN) – Call it a one-two White House punch for Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.
Vice President Joe Biden heads to Florida next week to help raise campaign cash for the two-term Democratic senator, who could face a challenging re-election next year.