Sen. Nelson to retire – democrat majority in question

By | December 27, 2011

On Tuesday senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) will announce his retirement from Congress which may make it even more difficult for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold on to the majority he has enjoyed for so long.

Nelson’s seat was already in trouble as republicans have mounted a successful campaign for his challenger Attorney General Jim Bruning.

Senator Nelson has faced opposition from the right and left as this Facebook page solicits “$100 for Ben Nelson’s Opponent” because “he might as well be a republiken[sic].”

With low favorability ratings, the Democrats hold on the Senate was already going to be tenuous. Harry Reid’s close ties to a very unpopular President Obama are not much help for those Senators seeking re-election.

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