Incumbent U.S. Senator not worried about poor name recognition in poll
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07/17/12 Janelle Irwin
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A recent poll conducted by the Tampa Bay Times has incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson maintaining a slight lead over his likely Republican opponent Connie Mack IV. But in that same poll, 12% of respondents said they didn’t know who Nelson was. At a press event yesterday, Nelson disputed that claim.

“That would certainly not be an accurate data. Just look at the most recent poll that came out which is the Mason-Dixon and you’ll see that my recognition is actually very high.”

The Times poll was conducted by Mason Dixon through a telephone survey of 800 registered voters who are likely to cast a ballot in the election. Even though is shows voters favoring Nelson, he could still be vulnerable – only 36% of respondents said they like the Senator and it doesn’t look like he’s doing much to curb that response.

“The campaign will take its own course and people will have the opportunity to decide if they think that my public service has been of value.”

Both Nelson and Mack face opposition in the primary but are expected to easily advance to the general election. Mack will run against retired Army Colonel Mike McCalister, former member of Congress Dave Weldon and Naples-area newcomer Marielena Stuart in the Republican Primary next month. Nelson’s opponent is Glenn Burkett from Naples.

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