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REVOLVING DOOR Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to Retire Alex Brandon / AP Photo

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to Retire

Republican strategists are perking up with today’s news from Sen. Ben Nelson, who will officially announce that he is retiring after two terms. Nelson, a Democrat, rebuffed a quiet campaign from his party’s elders to persuade him to stay and help prevent his seat from falling into Republican hands—highly likely in the Cornhusker State. Nelson quits with $3 million in his campaign coffers and a solid approval rating. Former senator Bob Kerrey has reportedly been flirting with a run once the post opens up. In 2012, 23 Democratic-controlled seats will be up for grabs in the Senate, while the GOP will need to defend only 10.

December 27, 2011 2:15 PM