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Sen. Ben Nelson won’t seek reelection

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/sen-ben-nelson-wont-seek-reelection/2011/12/27/gIQAmDWnKP_blog.html Sen. Ben Nelson won’t seek reelection
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      Sen. Ben Nelson won’t seek reelection

      at 01:29 PM ET, 12/27/2011


      Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is set to announce he will not seek reelection, according to sources, leaving his seat as a strong pickup opportunity for the GOP in the 2012 election.

      Nelson could announce his retirement as early as today, according to sources familiar with his plans. The news was first reported by Politico.

      The national Democratic Party had spent more than $1 million in advertising this year driving up Nelson’s personal approval rating, perhaps in hopes of convincing him that he could win in a dark red state.

      His reelection race was expected to be an uphill battle, but there remain questions about the strength of the GOP field that is vying to run against him. The field is led by state Attorney General Jon Bruning and also includes state Sen. Deb Fischer and state Treasurer Don Stenberg, a favorite of the tea party.

      There has been some talk in recent weeks that popular Gov. Dave Heineman (R) might also run, but he has shown little interest.

      It was not clear who might replace Nelson on the Democratic side, as Democrats’ bench in Nebraska is pretty thin. But former senator Bob Kerrey has been mentioned and would instantly give his party a fighting chance.




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