Dem Ben Nelson Leads Hypothetical Florida U.S. Senate Matchup; No Clear Frontrunner For GOP Nomination

The party that captures Florida on the 2012 presidential ticket could get a huge boost from the winner of the Sunshine State’s U.S. Senate race.

The Quinnipiac University survey, released Thursday, indicates that 51 percent of Florida voters approve of the job Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben 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.

The poll also indicates Nelson leads Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux and former state Rep. Adam Hasner by 20 or more points in hypothetical 2012 general election matchups. But Nelson’s under the magical 50 percent mark in all three potential showdowns.

According to the survey, 48 percent of Florida voters say Nelson deserves a third term in office, with three in ten saying he doesn’t deserve to be re-elected.

The poll indicates the battle for the GOP Senate nomination in Florida is wide open, with nearly two-thirds of Republican voters saying they don’t know who they’d vote for if the primary were held today, 14 percent backing LeMieux, 13 percent supporting Haridopolos and four percent backing Hasner.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted May 17 through May 23, with 1,196 Florida registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

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