Nelson, Mack race part of battle to control Senate
AP Political Writer
MIAMI (AP) - The contest between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV will be a critical race as Republicans try to regain control of the Senate.
The battle pits the son of a former senator against the man who took his seat.
Florida is the largest tossup state in a tight presidential race. The money, time and resources being pumped into Florida by President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will have an influence on whether Nelson will be able to keep the seat he won in 2000 after Connie Mack III retired.
Both candidates are using the presidential race in their campaigns. Mack says Nelson consistently backs Obama. Nelson is tying Mack to Romney running-mate Paul Ryan's proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare.
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