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AP Sources: Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson to retire


AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File

In this file Feb. 11, 2009 file

photo, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in

Washington. Sources say Nelson will retire.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska plans to retire rather than seek a third term, two people with knowledge of the decision said Tuesday, a significant setback for Democratic efforts to maintain control of the chamber next year.

The people with direct knowledge of Nelson's decision told The Associated Press that the 70-year-old conservative Democrat will announce his plans Tuesday. They spoke on condition...

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