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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2009 file photo, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nelson is emerging as one of the leading skeptics in the Democratic caucus of President Barack Obama FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2009 file photo, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nelson is emerging as one of the leading skeptics in the Democratic caucus of President Barack Obama's deficit and jobs proposals, stances that highlight a drift between the two as both head toward tough re-election campaigns in 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)  

Sen. Ben Nelson won’t seek reelection

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is set to announce he will not seek reelection, according to sources, leaving his seat as a strong pickup opportunity for the GOP in the 2012 election.

Nelson could announce his retirement as early as today, according to sources familiar with his plans. The news was first reported by Politico.

The national Democratic Party had spent more than $1 million in advertising this year driving up Nelson’s personal approval rating, perhaps in hopes of convincing him that he could win in a dark red state.

Full story: Sen. Ben Nelson won’t seek reelection – The Washington Post.