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Mack gets ACU endorsement
Posted Apr 17, 2012 by William March
Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The influential American Conservative Union, led by prominent Florida GOP activist Al Cardenas, has endorsed Connie Mack IV in the Senate race, a piece of good news for Mack at a time when he needs it.
Mack is “the innovative, conservative leader ready to take on Bill Nelson this fall,” Cardenas said in the endorsement.
The endorsement comes as news is breaking that state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is considering entering the primary, in response, he said, to overtures from Republicans who perceive a need for another candidate in the race.
Mack has led by a healthy margin in polls of Republican voters over primary opponents George LeMieux and Mike McCalister; but the most recent polls showed him losing to Nelson, the Democratic incumbent whom the GOP nominee will face in November.