Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska won't seek third term

LINCOLN, Neb. — Democrats on Tuesday lamented Sen. Ben Nelson's decision to retire rather than seek a third term in Nebraska, fearing the move sets up Republicans for an easy and crucial victory in their effort to reclaim

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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, 70, could announce his retirement as early as

Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) answers questions this month on Capitol Hill. (Alex Wong, Getty Images / December 27, 2011) By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson announced Tuesday that he would not seek a third term in 2012,

Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), center, answers media questions after he met with fellow Senate Democrats on a deal on a payroll tax cut that had been struck with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill. Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Schapiro