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Florida Sen. Bill Nelson Easily Wins Re-Election, Defeats Republican Connie Mack IV

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Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) easily won a third term tonight, beating Rep. Connie Mack IV (R), according to the Associated Press.

Nelson, who has managed to sustain a strong bipartisan appeal in Florida despite voting with Democrats most of the time in Washington, D.C., was always favored in his race with Mack.

Rand Paul Launches Ad Blitz Against Foreign Aid

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The Kentucky Republican's political action committee, RANDPAC, criticizes Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) for opposing his efforts to block U.S. aid to the three countries until certain conditions are met. Both Democrats are favored to defeat their Republican challengers Nov. 6.

Crossroads GPS Launches New Senate Ads

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The juggernaut GOP-affiliated group Crossroads GPS began airing a new ad here in Florida today knocking two-term Sen. Bill Nelson (D) for his vote in favor of Obama's signature health care law.

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Florida: Connie Mack IV, Bill Nelson to Battle in November

Rep. Connie Mack IV won tonight's Republican Senate primary in Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Connie Mack IV, who had broad support from just about every swath of the Republican Party, easily picked up the GOP nomination for Senate to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in November.

Mack defeated long-shot candidates former Rep. Dave Weldon, retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and activist Marielena Stuart in primary. With 42.7 percent of precincts reporting, Mack had 58.5 percent of ballots cast, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hits the Airwaves in Five States

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has hit the airwaves in Florida, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin with television ads targeting Democratic Senate candidates.

The chamber is also targeting independent Senate candidate former Gov. Angus King in Maine. The ads criticize the candidates on a range of issues, including support for the Affordable Care Act, proposals to increase taxes and votes on energy issues.

Florida: Connie Mack IV Beefs Up Fundraising Team

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Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) has hired veteran Washington, D.C., fundraisers in an effort to bolster his Senate prospects, hoping to capitalize on recent polls that have shown him running competitive with Sen. Bill Nelson (D).

According to Republican sources, Mack, at the urging of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has hired well-known fundraiser Jim McCray to handle his national fundraising and has brought on Michael Gula and Jonathan Graham of Gula Graham to handle his political action committee fundraising. Among its other Congressional clients, the Gula Graham Group has long been been retained by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to run his PAC fundraising. McCray, meanwhile, has worked on multiple GOP presidential campaigns.

Florida: Bill Nelson Up in New Poll

In a new poll, two-term Sen. Bill Nelson led likely GOP nominee Rep. Connie Mack IV by 4 points in a Florida Senate matchup.

Nelson topped Mack 43 percent to 39 percent in the poll of registered — not likely — Florida voters. Nelson led among independent voters by 11 points, 44 percent to 33 percent.

Florida: George LeMieux Drops Senate Bid

Former Florida Sen. George LeMieux today dropped his bid to return to the Senate, making Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) the presumptive GOP nominee to face Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in November.

Mack has stacked up endorsements from every part of the Republican Party — including both tea-party-affiliated Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And he declined to debate LeMieux, where the former Senator could have made his case to Florida voters.

Florida: Connie Mack IV Scores Jeb Bush Endorsement

Rep. Connie Mack (above) received the endorsement of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) today endorsed Rep. Connie Mack IV for Senate.

Mack has scored some big endorsements in his bid for the GOP Senate nomination, from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Bush's nod may be the most important of all.

Florida: Connie Mack IV Gets Mike Lee Endorsement

UPDATED 6:32 p.m. | Rep. Connie Mack IV, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for Senate in Florida, shored up his conservative credentials today with the endorsement of tea-party-affiliated conservative Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Mack, who has picked up endorsements ranging from Republican White House candidate Mitt Romney to conservative Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), is the favorite to beat former Sen. George LeMieux in the Aug. 14 primary.