MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Republican Representative Connie Mack IV picked up several key Republican endorsements Monday in his battle to unseat incumbent Senator Bill Nelson.

Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, David Rivera and former Representative Lincoln Diaz-Dalart all endorsed Rep. Mack for the Republican nomination to take on Senator Nelson.

Mack was a late addition to the Senate race, but immediately vaulted to the top of the Republican field which was weak at best. Mack’s declaration already moved Adam Hasner out of the Senate race and into a House race in South Florida.

“I am truly honored to have earned the trust and support of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, David Rivera and Lincoln Diaz-Balart. Florida is a better place because of their dedication to the people whom they represent and fight for every day,” Mack said.

Still, Mack faces an uphill battle against Senator Nelson.

The Democrat enjoys a large fundraising lead over Mack and has not been tied too much to the Obama administration. This will be Mack’s target in the coming months, to chain Nelson to Obama and hope that Obama doesn’t have coattails in the fall.

Comments (3)
  1. lmmd says:

    give it up mack – you don’t have a chance of winning against nelson……..

  2. Felix El Gato says:

    When is this parasitic family going to go away?

  3. Platitudes are not enough says:

    Connie Mack IV is a RINO. This event is much to do about nothing. Connie Mack will never excite the Republican base, he is from the “throw the party under the bus” Charlie Crist wing of the party, nor can he beat Bill Nelson. Mack supported Crist even after Charlie campaigned with Obama for the first trillion dollar “stimulus.” The fact that Mack has not filed officially tells you he is not in this to stay unless his poll numbers beat Bill Nelson. Name ID is not enough to win this. The KEY in this collective endorsement opens a RINO door, no thank you. All the best, the R base.