Florida Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) announced Monday night that he was officially jumping into the Republican primary for a shot to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
“I’m here tonight… to tell you that I am going to run for United States Senate, because frankly I think the people of Florida have had enough,” said Mack on Fox’s Sean Hannity show. “Senator Nelson doesn’t understand [Floridians] want someone in the senate that believes in them, not someone who believes in more government.”
Mack hammered home the point that Nelson was too closely tied to President Barack Obama. “Every time they turn around, Senator Nelson is supporting and helping Barack Obama with [his] agenda of more government. Whether it was Obamacare, whether it was the stimulus… Senator Nelson has been one of Barack Obama’s go to guys in the Senate,” said Mack.
Mack, who originally decided against running for the Senate seat but then changed his mind, joins a primary that includes politicians like Florida state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner and former U.S. Senator George LeMieux.
A Quinnipiac poll released earlier this month shows Mack with a gigantic lead over the rest of the field.
His support currently stands at 32 percent in the state among registered Republicans, and his toughest competition comes from LeMieux at 9 percent.
That same poll showed that Nelson had an approval rating of 47 percent, compared to 27 percent who disapproved.
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