MIAMI (AP) _ Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson will face Republican Connie Mack IV in November after each easily won his respective primary.
Nelson had about 80 percent of the vote in early returns Tuesday while Mack had almost 60 percent. Both had been heavy favorites.
Their wins set up a contest for the seat once held by Mack’s father, Connie Mack III.
Mack was buoyed by the famous name he and his father share with the Hall of Fame baseball manager.
Three other Republicans dropped out of the race when the four-term congressman got in and immediately had a commanding lead in the polls. Former Rep.
Dave Weldon entered the race just three months ahead of the primary and wasn’t able to build up name recognition or the resources to mount a successful challenge.
Nelson faced minor opposition from politically unknown Glenn Burkett.