Skip to comments.Harris holds lead heading into final week
Posted on 08/31/2006 3:29:27 AM PDT by NautiNurse
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris holds a double-digit lead over her three opponents in the Republican race for the U.S. Senate nomination in Florida's Sept. 5 primary election, a new poll released Thursday showed.
Harris, who is serving her second term in Congress from a district representing the Sarasota area, was favored by 38 percent of 317 likely Republican voters in a random telephone survey taken between Aug. 23-28 by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The survey reported a margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.
William McBride, a 34-year-old Windermere attorney, was supported by 22 percent, while retired Navy admiral LeRoy Collins Jr., of Tampa was backed by 11 percent and Peter Monroe, a real estate developer from Safety Harbor, received 3 percent.
The winner of the GOP primary will face incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Melbourne, in the Nov. 7 general election.
A fourth of the likely Republican voters questioned said they were still undecided and nearly a half, 45 percent, said they might change their minds by election day - including a third of those who said they presently favored Harris.
"If Rep. Harris had only one opponent she might be in deep trouble," said Peter Brown, assistant polling director for Quinnipiac. "But having three candidates splitting the anti-Harris vote is a major plus for her."
Harris was rated favorably by 36 percent while 25 percent viewed her unfavorably and another 22 percent said they had mixed opinions about the former Florida secretary of state, who gained notoriety for her role in the 2000 presidential election recount.
Her opponents are so poorly known by most voters that none were rated favorably by more than 18 percent of the respondents.
Harris embraced in Manatee
Bradenton...It was clear that a large number of Bradenton commuters, despite the bad press, the dire polling predictions and the disapproval of Republican Party leaders, still support their hometown congresswoman enough to shout out their windows and lay on their horns.
The honking only became louder when Katherine Harris joined about a dozen of her supporters in the searing afternoon sun. The majority of driver reactions were positive. A smaller number were thumbs-down. A couple were unprintable.
I heard her on Glenn Beck yesterday. She was almost as good as Rick Santorum was the day before.
Harris received several standing ovations from an SRO crowd earlier this week.
I guess that as much as I detest the idea, I'm going to have to vote for McBride. None of the other candidates has a chance of beating her, and she sure as heck can't beat Nelson.
I like spunky wimmin. Especially when they are RIGHT!!!
Ya' know - she could be doing a lot better if higher level Republicans would have gotten behind her.
If she wins the big one it will be with no thanks to the Republican power brokers in that state.
Harris has a solid conservative voting record. She's got my vote and my support. The MSM Harris smear campaign has been astounding. I'm surprised they haven't published her bathroom habits yet...but there is still time.
Well Duh! - A Master of the blindingly obvious.
Did the writer have to choke when he (had to?) wrote this column? - He certainly trotted out all of the possible things that might have happened:
nearly a half, 45 percent, said they might change their minds by election day...
"If Rep. Harris had only one opponent she might be in deep trouble," - Her opponents are so poorly known
Jesus Lord, are they so desperate to find negatives that they resort to theoretical scenarios?
How about this for a headline?
Harris set to sweep aside her opponents in a walk away race, despite the hostility of the Press?
Then read this carefully:
McBride couldn't beat me in the general election.
And I mean that literally.
The liberal press smear campaign is unrelenting. The only thing more pathetic are otherwise reasonably intelligent conservatives who have bought it hook, line, and sinker.
When you got polling showing you are down 40 plus points, reality needs to set in.
Elitists living in their own special world of privilege. Blech!
But it may never. - So keep glued to the polls and the MSM. You will do just fine. They will tell you what to do.
In this forum, at least two obnoxious people have already offered substantial wagers that Harris will lose the election. With FRiends like that, who needs enemas?
It's not only on FR.....it our so called 'conservative' talk show hosts as well.
Boy I can only imagine how Howard Dean and the dimocrat party is handling this . I'm sure they think Kate facilitated Bushs' win in 2000 .
Ah yes--so I have heard.
Like pigs in hog heaven.
You may be right, but he has a better chance of beating you (and Nelson) than Katherine Harris has.
For me, the conscience issue boils down to this: who would my conscience support? Nelson or McBride?
Harris is not among the choices.
The polling is bought and brought to you by the same people that have brought you all of the negative press. Leftists press and polling exists for one reason, and it is not pro Conservative.
When the general election choices are Harris and Nelson, who do you vote for?
Harris of course. But she would get blown away. It would be ugly.
Glad to know you will vote for Harris rather than Nelson November 7.
Goes to show the total disconnect of the RNC from the true conservatives in the United States.
I don't want to believe that is the case. However, my campaign contributions have gone directly to Katherine Harris rather than the RNC this time.
I meant none of the candidates other than McBride. McBride's only 5 points behind in the poll. That's striking distance.
As if it is just leftwing polling showing this. All polling is showing diasterous results. Skepticism of the media is a good thing, denying reality is not. Nelson is beatable, but not with the way Harris campaign has gone down. She's a 1 to a 100 shot.
If you don't vote for a candidate that is more conservative than Nelson [such as K.H.], you might as well vote for Nelson.
Thread after thread, post after post you keep saying she can't win over and over again. What is the point of your mantra?
Actually I have supported Harris until the last few months when it has become painfully obvious to anyone with a pulse that she has no chance. I think she would make a great Senator. Unfortunately Harris just keeps digging a deeper and deeper hole. If Harris was within 20 points of Nelson, I would still be supporting her. But when she drops down to 25 points behind, then 35 points behind, and now 43 points behind it is painful to watch. She does not even have strong support among GOP voters. She is hated by Democrat voters and doesn't have any support from independant voters. What's the point of running if you don't have a shot?
I Harris does beat Nelson, will you change your screen name?
Folks need not "misunderestimate" Kathy.
No the Republican leadership is only interested in going to bat for RINO's like they did for Arlen Specter.Their probably concentrating all their efforts now on getting RI Senator Lincoln Chafee re-elected !!!
Because she knows how much it irks the "she can't win" crowd. ;o)
Exit polling in which pollsters sought out lefties and lefties went out of their way to get polled, did not make for an accurate poll and even then they were only off 10 points. It was depressing hearing those exit polls, but when the shenanigans going on with them were reported and their inconsitancy with other recent polling, you could rationally discount them. Harris has been slaughter in poll after poll after poll. Playing games with polls can change the results some, but not 40 points. Let's get real here.
No, but it won't happen unless Nelson really screws up like getting caught with a hooker in a hotel room with cocain up in nose. It would really take a disaster of that magnitude.
I'm still waiting for Always Right to answer my question in post #40. ;-)
What do ya know, he answered it just as I was posting to you guys! Looks like the answer is no though...
Ok, but if Harris wins, you at least need to agree to make this your tag line:
(except when I wrongly predicted Katherine Harris would lose)
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Bill Nelson?
Oh I would be happy to be wrong about this and would readily announce how wrong I was.