Rep. Mack favored to win Florida GOP primary
August 14th, 2012
07:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Rep. Mack favored to win Florida GOP primary

(CNN) - Heading into Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Florida, Rep. Connie Mack is a heavy favorite to win the Republican nomination.

Mack, a four-term congressman, has maintained a steady lead in the months leading up to the contest, ahead of retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and former Rep. Dave Weldon.

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In a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in June, Mack had the backing of 41% of Republican registered voters, while his competitors trailed far behind in the single digits.

The winner of Tuesday's GOP contest will go on to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida, a crucial swing state in the presidential election.

In a hypothetical match-up with Nelson, a recent poll indicates the two term senator has a lead over Mack. Forty-seven percent of likely Florida voters said they would back Nelson, while 40% said they would choose Mack, according to the Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS Poll released August 1.

The Cook Political Report rates the seat as leaning toward the Democratic Party, while another political handicapper, the Rothenberg Political Report, describes the race as a "toss up/tilting Democrat" contest.

Mack enjoys the support of many high-profile Republicans, including those from both the establishment and more conservative wings of the party. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Rep. Rand Paul are among those who fall in Mack's column.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Connie Mack • Florida • Senate
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Has he signed the "Pledge"?

    Does he vote for or against the Ryan Plan.

    Seniors have had their wake-up call with Ryan on the ticket (no matter what Scarborough says) and WILL VOTE.

    August 14, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  2. Max

    Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV is just another adulterer that dumped his wife for a younger woman.

    His experience as an event promoter for Hooters makes him especialy qualified to be the Republican candidate for senate, his wife cheating ways led to marriage with Mary Bono widow of "Sonny I love trees Bono" fame.

    Only Samunel Wurzelbacher is more ashamed of using his real name than Cornelius is in using his.

    This guy is a poster child for birth control.

    August 14, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Marty, FL

    Rep. Mack also voted to privatize seniors' Medicare to give more tax cuts to the rich. He's not the right choice for FL.

    August 14, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |