New figures in Sunshine State Senate battle
October 12th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

New figures in Sunshine State Senate battle

(CNN) - A two-term Democratic senator who could face a challenging re-election next year is reporting some big fundraising figures.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida will report raising just under $2 million in the third quarter of fundraising this year, according to a source close to Nelson's re-election campaign. The source also says the senator will report having around $7.5 million cash on hand for his re-election bid, and that 5,133 individuals made donations, a 54% increase in contributors over the second quarter.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Congress • Florida • George LeMieux • Senate
Sen. Nelson: Obama's made mistakes
September 2nd, 2011
05:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Nelson: Obama's made mistakes

(CNN) - When Democrats start distancing themselves from their incumbent president, it's either a sign of the times or a look to the future, but either way, it isn't good.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson handily called President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden "friends," at a press conference Thursday, but hesitated when asked whether he'd campaign with the president in 2012.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Florida • President Obama
Rep. West: I'm not running for Senate
August 22nd, 2011
04:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. West: I'm not running for Senate

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida will run for re-election to the House in 2012, closing the door on a Senate bid, the tea party favorite announced in a statement Monday.

West said he considered launching a primary bid for the Republican Senate nomination to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the next election, but ultimately decided he would be most effective as a member of the House.
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Filed under: 2012 • Allen West • Bill Nelson • Florida • Senate
Florida Republican backs out of Senate race
July 18th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Florida Republican backs out of Senate race

(CNN) – Mike Haridopolos announced Monday he has decided to drop out of the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida.

The Florida state senate president, who had planned to continue his state role while running for Senate, said the responsibilities "on both fronts are in conflict."
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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Florida • Senate
Poll: Battle for Senate seat in Florida
May 26th, 2011
09:41 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Battle for Senate seat in Florida

(CNN) – A new poll spotlighting Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida may give both Democrats and Republicans material to spin.

The Quinnipiac University survey, released Thursday, indicates that 51 percent of Florida voters approve of the job Nelson's doing, with just less than one in four saying they disapprove of how Nelson, a two-term senator who could face a challenging re-election next year, is performing in office.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Florida • Polls • Senate
Game on in Florida Senate fund-raising battle
April 13th, 2011
07:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Game on in Florida Senate fund-raising battle

Washington (CNN) – It seems Mike Haridopolos is living up to his reputation as a strong fund-raiser.

The Florida state Senate president, who's running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, raised $2.6 million in the first three months this year, a source familiar with his fund-raising figures confirms to CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Florida • George LeMieux
Democrat facing tough re-elect touts campaign war chest
April 13th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrat facing tough re-elect touts campaign war chest

(CNN) - A Senate Democrat who could face a rough road to re-election is showing off his campaign cash.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida raised around $2 million in the first three months of this year and has between $4.5 million to $5 million cash on hand, according to an email release Wednesday from his re-election campaign. Nelson had $3,083,493 in cash on hand as of the end of last year.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Florida
Politics and baseball for the vice president
March 23rd, 2011
08:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Politics and baseball for the vice president

(CNN) - Campaign politics came to Florida Wednesday with the arrival of Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden was in the sunshine state to campaign for incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, and he took time to criticize Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott for turning down federal money for a high-speed rail project, a move Biden said will hurt business in the state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Florida • Joe Biden
First Obama, now Biden, to help Nelson in Florida
March 18th, 2011
10:21 AM ET
3 years ago

First Obama, now Biden, to help Nelson in Florida

Washington (CNN) – Call it a one-two White House punch for Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.

Vice President Joe Biden heads to Florida next week to help raise campaign cash for the two-term Democratic senator, who could face a challenging re-election next year.
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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Joe Biden
President (or candidate) Obama rallies supporters in Florida
March 5th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
3 years ago

President (or candidate) Obama rallies supporters in Florida

(CNN)— President Obama sounded a lot like candidate Obama on Friday while speaking at a fundraiser for Sen. Bill Nelson and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Miami at the home of political contributors Judith and Michael Adler. At times, the remarks given to the Democratic supporters sounded like a preview to stump speeches that might be heard on the 2012 campaign trail.

Recalling the first years of his administration, Obama said, “We’ve now gone through two tough years. And some of us are beaten down and worn out. And the last midterm obviously was very tough. And I’m grayer and looking a little older than I did ... but you know, in each of us, I think, that spirit still exists, and that sense of hope still exists.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • President Obama
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