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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Thursday, November 17, 2005

Harris: Well It's Better Than 24 Points

    Brand new Rasmussen poll:
    November 15, 2005--Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) leads Republican Congresswoman Katherine Harris by 17 percentage points in his bid for re-election.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds Nelson attracting 53% of the vote while Harris earns just 36%. Nelson, a Democrat in a “Red State,” was long considered a potentially vulnerable incumbent for the 2006 cycle.

    Just 67% of Republicans say they would vote for Harris at this time. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats are for Nelson. Nelson leads by 19 points among women and by 14 points among men.

    Fifty-two percent (52%) of Florida voters have a favorable opinion of Nelson while 23% hold an unfavorable view. For Harris, the numbers are 37% favorable and 42% unfavorable.
    "Florida Senate: Nelson 53% Harris 36%". (Via DKos).

    On Tuesday, a Quinnipiac University poll had Harris down by 24.

    [The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 14, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence.]

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