CNN has called the Florida Senate race for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Nelson beat out Republican Rep. Connie Mack and will hold onto his Senate seat for another term.
A former congressman and member of the Florida legislature, Nelson has been a member of the Senate since 2000. During his time in congress, he became the first U.S. representative go into space on the space shuttle Columbia.
The race has remained largely under the radar, having been overshadowed by the presidential race.
“The people of Florida should be very proud to have re-elected a fierce advocate for their state in Senator Bill Nelson,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Sen. Patty Murray said in a statement. “Senator Nelson has always put Florida first, and fought tirelessly for Florida’s economy and for the seniors and middle class families of his state. Even though deep-pocketed Republican special interests spent many millions trying to deceive voters, Senator Nelson’s optimism and relentless drive won the day. I look forward to continue working with him in the United State Senate.”