The Washington Times - October 8, 2012, 03:54PM

Two new polls on the Florida Senate race reveal significantly contrasting results, with one showing Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson with a double-digit lead over GOP challenger Rep. Connie Mack, while the other forecasts a dead heat.

The results of a Rasmussen Reports survey has the Democratic incumbent with an 11-percentage point lead, with 6 percent of respondents undecided. The survey of 500 likely voters has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage-points.


Meanwhile, a We Ask America survey pegs each candidate with 44 percent of the vote, with more than 12 percent of respondents undecided. The automated telephone survey of 1,200 likely Florida voters has a margin of error of 3 percentage-points.

Both surveys were taken a day after Wednesday’s debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, which most political analysts agree Mr. Romney won.

Last week, a Gravis Marketing survey showed Mr. Nelson and Mr. Mack each with the support of 43 percent of likely voters, with 14 percent undecided. But the Democrat generally has had the upper hand in polling since early September, including four separate independent surveys that showed Mr. Nelson with a 14-percentage point lead, and two others that pegged him with 11-point leads.