“His head start as a Senator for the last year and change has done little to familiarize and endear himself with Florida voters,” Jensen wrote. “In the general election part of this poll he did worse against Nelson than [Rep. Connie] Mack [IV] and posted a similar margin to [Senate President Mike] Haridopolos who hasn’t had the incredible platform of a Senate seat already.”
Nelson is already fundraising for his re-election bid, telling supporters in an e-mail Thursday, “Republicans desperately want to defeat me in 2012 and to that end the GOP is declaring me one of their top targets.”
He sounded a similar note to other Democrats by warning about “shadowy special interest groups” and said he’d like donations before the New Year’s Eve deadline to show “a clear demonstration of strength.”
“[S]how the Republicans we are ready to fight,” Nelson wrote. “In 2006, a key component of our victory was that we were prepared. When critical moments came early in the campaign we were ready and that made a huge difference. That’s why it’s important we get off to an early start.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.