Mack, McCollum Best Known Among GOP Voters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Congressman Connie Mack IV of Fort Myers and Attorney General Bill McCollum are the best known of potential Republican hopefuls for an open U.S. Senate seat in 2010.

Former House Speaker Marco Rubio of West Miami was favored by 2 percent of the 522 Republicans, the Quinnipiac University (Conn.) Polling Institute reported Wednesday.

The lone announced candidate on the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami, was supported by 13 percent of the 442 Democrats in the Jan. 14-19 survey. The state's chief financial officer, Alex Sink, was preferred by 15 percent of Democrats, but she has ruled out running.

The seat is being vacated by U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez of Orlando, who decided against seeking a second term.

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