TB Times/Bay News 9/Herald poll: Bill Nelson 47%, Connie Mack 42%
Independent voters and party switchers are providing the edge for Democrat Bill Nelson as he maintains his lead over Republican challenger Connie Mack in the U.S. Senate race, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll.
Mack narrowed the margin to 47 to 42 percent, three points tighter than it was last month, but the Fort Myers congressman didn't seem to benefit from the 8 point surge of support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Florida.
Nelson continues to lead among voters who are not affiliated with any party, getting 51 percent support among independent voters to Mack's 37 percent.
The Orlando Democrat also enjoys some crossover appeal, with 6 percent of the voters surveyed voting for both Romney and Nelson.
"This isn't a wave election so you may see some purposeful ticket-splitting because people are a little bit divided in their view over what the parties are offering,'' said Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker, who conducted the telephone survey for the Times and its media partners.