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Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), who told NRO this week that he continues to back Obamacare, is up for reelection in 2012. His new poll numbers show him below 50 percent, with half of the electorate supportive of repeal:

Sen. Bill Nelson is doing an OK job in office, but he’s not in the strongest of positions heading into the 2012 election season, a new poll from Quinnipiac University shows.

The survey also shows President Obama and his policies – the healthcare law and the war in Afghanistan he inherited – are less popular than Nelson, who has tried to distance himself from Obama on occasion.

By a 45-21 percent split, registered voters approve of Nelson’s job performance, and 43 percent say he deserves re-election, the poll shows. Less than a third of the electorate want someone else.

“Sen. Nelson is not in terrific shape but he is not in terrible shape either, said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “His fate may rest with how President Barack Obama does in 2012 as Florida voters see the two men similarly on the issues.’’

Exactly half of the electorate wants Obama’s healthcare law repealed, and 43 percent want it to stand. Only 7 percent don’t know.

Nelson is preparing for battle: He has $3 million in his war chest, which The Hill reports is quite strong for a Senate Dem.


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