Your Wednesday Morning Republican Juggernaut Update

From Holden:

Rep. Katherine Harris seems to be losing ground with Florida Republicans.

In only three months, U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris has lost almost half of the Republicans who planned to vote for her, according to a new poll that suggests the congresswoman has little chance of unseating Sen. Bill Nelson.

”This candidacy was an uphill battle to begin with. But it can’t even climb now. It just loses ground,” Brad Coker, director for Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc., said Tuesday.

Were the election held now, Nelson would best Harris 57 percent to 29 percent, according to the poll of 625 registered Florida voters that has an error margin of four percentage points. Only 14 percent were undecided.

Even in the Republican primary, Harris would fare poorly: Coker said a March poll against an expected challenger showed she garnered 72 percent of the GOP vote. But now, against three little-known GOP opponents, she wins only 36 percent of the vote. Forty-three percent of Republican voters are undecided. Candidate Will McBride wins 11 percent, LeRoy Collins Jr. 8 percent and Peter Monroe 2 percent.

Meanwhile, her only Democratic opponent in the race is picking up her slack.

Support for Nelson among all registered Republicans, another key indicator, rose from 21 percent to 29 percent during the same period. Harris support from the same voters dropped from 67 percent to 54 percent during the same period, according to the poll.

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