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Nelson, Mack Florida Senate Race Critical To President Obama

As the U.S. Senate Race between incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican U.S. Congressman Connie Mack IV heats up, political experts say it’s really a battle about which party controls the Senate chamber.

USF Political Scientist Susan MacManus says if President Barack Obama is re-elected, it’s critical that incumbent Senator Bill Nelson wins the Florida Senate Race. She says that was one of the rallying points, during Tuesday’s kickoff breakfast for the Florida delegates at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.

“Because they expect President Obama to be re-elected and he needs to work with a Democratic Senate, and of course, Bill Nelson’s race is one of those Senate race’s that’s up for re-election this year," said McManus. So, it’s very, very important.”

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling shows Nelson with a 7-point lead over Connie Mack, 45 to 38, but it also shows both have low approval ratings overall with Florida voters.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.