Poll: Mack within striking distance of Nelson in Fla.

Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) is within striking distance of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), a poll released Friday showed.

Nelson has a 6-point lead on Mack, who gave word just three weeks ago that he plans to run to for Nelson's seat.

The survey from Republican pollster Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research is slightly better news for Nelson than a Quinnipiac poll last week that showed the two candidates in a statistical tie.

But in another boon for Mack, his name identification in Florida is now at 90 percent, which gives him a major advantage over the other Republican primary candidates. Mack's father represented Florida in the Senate and his great-grandfather was Hall of Fame baseball manager/owner Connie Mack.

Wilson Perkins Allen, which did not conduct the poll on behalf of any candidate, did not ask voters about the other Republican candidates: Florida state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, former Sen. George LeMieux (Fla.), retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and businessman Craig Miller. None of those candidates broke 10 percent in the Quinnipiac poll.

The Wilson Perkins Allen survey of 800 likely Florida voters was conducted Nov. 13-15 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.