Houston, he has a problem.
Vulnerable incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) arguably just had the worst week of his entire political career.
POLITICO Florida has the details, from being massively outspent on TV to his trouble with two of the state’s most important constituencies: seniors and Hispanics.
In his three terms as senator, Nelson hasn’t had a tough week like this in quite some time. On Monday morning, a POLITICO/AARP poll showed Nelson trailing Gov. Rick Scott among older Florida voters (who could be two-thirds of the electorate). The super PAC backing Scott announced a new $3.5 million ad buy — on top of $12 million that Scott and his allies have already spent on air. And Nelson’s fellow Democrats and Latino activists began expressing concern that his campaign is getting smoked in Hispanic outreach by Scott (the guv even has a Spanish-language World Cup ad), prompting Nelson’s campaign to finally release a Spanish-language digital spot Thursday. Then, hours later, the Associated Press reported that Nelson is at odds with his own party over a judicial nominee who appears to oppose same-sex marriage.
A staggering 49% of Florida voters have said they don’t even know who Nelson is, making what they read about him this week all the worse:
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