Nelson says election is call to work toward the middleby 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.