Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Wont't Seek Reelection

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection, leaving his seat as a strong pickup opportunity for the GOP in the 2012 election.

Nelson, 70, said in a web video that he wants to spend more time with his family and look for other ways to serve.

“Therefore, I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection,” he said. “Simply put: It is time to move on.”

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. But Republican-aligned groups also spent heavily trying to define the moderate Democrat as an enabler of President Obama, particularly because Nelson voted for Obama’s health care bill.  Washington Post

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