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Bill Nelson, last Democrat standing.



Sen. Bill Nelson has been here before -- the lone statewide Democrat in a red sea of Republicanism.

After telling reporters Wednesday that he'll definitely run again for reelection in 2012, Nelson said he's not too concerned with the results of November's elections, which swept Republicans into office throughout Florida and the rest of the country.

"My brand of politics is where Florida is," Nelson said. "Florida's not . . . to the extreme, either to the right or left. Florida politics is one of moderation."

Republicans say Nelson is anything but a centrist, noting his vote for President Barack Obama's healthcare bill and his support of Obama's stimulus plan.**

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**Note: Original story repeated Republican line that Nelson voted for the "unpopular bank bailout." Nelson actually opposed the original legislation, though he later opposed a resolution that was designed to halt the flow of some of the money.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 11:37am]


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