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Bill Nelson declared luckiest pol of 2012



Hard to argue with political analyst  Stuart Rothenberg: ...My choice for the Luckiest Politician of 2012 Award this year is Sen. Bill Nelson.

The Florida Democrat won re-election last month by beating GOP Rep. Connie Mack, who raised little money and apparently figured that oozing cockiness was the best way to woo reporters and voters.

But what makes Nelson so lucky is that Mack was the third consecutive mediocre Republican he faced. The Democrat first won his Senate seat by defeating former Rep. Bill McCollum in 2000, and then was blessed with the controversial Katherine Harris as his opponent in 2006.

We can only wonder what sort of damaged candidate the Republicans are planning to nominate there in 2018.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:07am]


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