New polls are out for the Florida Senate race, and they show
support for Rep. Katherine Harris dropping -- among the hardcore GOP voters, especially.
Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, said "it is apparent" that the Harris campaign has "gone into a free fall."
A new Strategic Vision poll, meanwhile, puts Nelson up by 38 points. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
But perhaps more striking than Nelson's lead is the crumbling of support for Harris, R-Longboat Key, among party members likely to vote in the GOP primary.
Just 36 percent now say they would vote for Harris, down from 72 percent four months ago, according to Mason-Dixon.
As usual, the view from inside Harris' campaign is markedly different from the one outside.
Inside: Harris spokeswoman Jennifer Marks dismissed the poll numbers, saying Harris had a "history of gracefully rebounding despite negative predictions and questionable polls."
Outside: "I've never seen a candidate implode in slow motion, like she has," said Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. "She's become this walking, talking political time bomb, and she lit the fuse herself."