By Jonathan E. Kaplan - 03/29/06 12:00 AM EST
Even though Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) tried to reinvigorate her campaign last week by announcing that she would pour $10 million of her own money into the effort, a new poll conducted by Strategic Vision shows that voters prefer anyone but Harris.
According to the poll, Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonThree more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline Senate looks for easy wins amid 2016 gridlock MORE (D-Fla.) would annihilate Harris by 28 percentage points if the election were held today.
But if Harris exited the race, Nelson would face a much tougher time getting reelected, the poll found. A hypothetical match-up between Nelson and Gen. Tommy Franks, for instance, results in a statistical tie, and Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) would pummel Nelson by 15 percentage points, with only 9 percent of voters undecided.
Also, Franks, state Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite and Mark Foley could beat Harris in a primary, the poll found.