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Nelson says election is call to work toward the middle

by John Kennedy | November 6th, 2012

Democrat Bill Nelson was elected Tuesday to a third term in the U.S. Senate, easily defeating Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV and remaining Florida’s only statewide elected Democratic officeholder.

The Nelson-Mack contest was overshadowed by the presidential race in Florida, butstill included $39.3 million in spending on both sides. Nelson said his victory showed Floridians wanted a centrist willing to work across the aisle in starkly divided Washington.

“We have a lot to do now,” Nelson told several hundred supporters gathered at a downtown Orlando hotel. “We have to bring this country together.”

Nelson also reached out to his opponent, the namesake son of the two-term Republican senator he succeeded in 2001.

“Connie Mack is my opponent, not my enemy,” Nelson said.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said Nelson’s win was testament to his style over a 40-year career in office, beginning with his election to the state House in 1972.

“Sen. Nelson has stood up for the values that make our state great,” Smith said.

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5 Responses to “Nelson says election is call to work toward the middle”

  1. Obama/Dems 2012 Says:

    As I said on the other thread, Connie Mack’s signage was all paid by Americans For Prosperity not the campaign. This is SHAMEFUL.

    We need to end these insane campaign finance rules that we’ve been subjected to since the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. That should be a TOP TOP priority when we get Congress back in session.

  2. Paul Says:

    I wonder what the formerly Honorable Mr. Nelson means when he says this is a call to move toward the center? He has been an Obama sycophant for the past 4 years – does he consider THAT the middle?

  3. Obama/Dems 2012 Says:

    Paul,

    Richard Mourdock in Indiana infamously said at one point that bipartisanship is “Democrats coming to our side”.

    He lost.

    Take a hint!

    Republicans need to have a “Come To Reality” moment or the country will punish them (again) for putting politics for politics’ sake over the best interests of the people of America!

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