Reports have surfaced in Washington claiming that Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, will announce his retirement.
Politico is reporting that Nelson will announce today that he is retiring after two terms, an announcement that would end a bruising, multi-million dollar United States Senate campaign in Nebraska before it begins. A staff member with Nelson’s office tells Nebraska Radio Network he cannot confirm or deny the report.
Nelson, who is 70, has already run advertising indicating he would run for a third term. Conservative groups have also run hundreds of thousands of dollars in television advertising against Nelson, most focusing on his controversial role in helping President Obama win approval of the federal health care overhaul. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent over $1 million on their own ad blitz to bolster his image, according to Politico.
Nelson has amassed more than $3 million in campaign cash. Top Democratic leadership in Washington had been asking Nelson to stay in the race, pointing to improving poll numbers.