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Roll Call: Bill Nelson, 2012's 'Luckiest Candidate'

December 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

Some may question how U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Naples, hasnt been more prominently criticized in post-election columns focused on poorly run political campaigns across the nation.

Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Police Report at Roll Call took a tactfully different approach in critiquing the best and worst campaigns.

Rothenberg simply declared U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, the Luckiest Candidate of 2012.

The Florida Democrat won re-election last month by beating GOP Rep. Connie Mack, who raised little money and apparently figured that oozing cockiness was the best way to woo reporters and voters, Rothenberg wrote.

But what makes Nelson so lucky is that Mack was the third consecutive mediocre Republican he faced. The Democrat first won his Senate seat by defeating former Rep. Bill McCollum in 2000, and then was blessed with the controversial Katherine Harris as his opponent in 2006.

Nelson had the better fortune -- in Rothenbergs eyes -- than Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, or Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, who were both running on life-support until their challengers stepped on mines in responding to questions about rape.

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