Nelson projected as winner of U.S. Senate raceby John Kennedy | November 6th, 2012
NBC-News is projecting that Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has won a third term, easily defeating Republican Connie Mack IV.
Early returns showed Nelson holding a comfortable, 15 percentage point lead over Mack, a four-term congressmann from Fort Myers.
At a downtown Orlando hotel, where Nelson’s victory party is being held, the candidate has not made an appearance. But with each passing TV report, broadcast on jumbotrons in a hotel ballroom, the crowd roared.
Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith sent out an email congratulating Nelson less than 15 minutes after the last polls closed in the Panhandle.
“On behalf of Florida Democrats, I wish Senator Bill Nelson congratulations on his reelection,” Smith said. “Sen. Nelson has and will continue to serve our state and country with the highest level of distinction. Throughout this campaign and his entire career in public service, Sen. Nelson has stood up for the values that make our state great. He is a true champion for middle class families and a passionate advocate for our state. He has delivered for the people of Florida, and tonight they have
delivered him a decisive victory.”