Florida: Bill Nelson Projected to Win Over Connie Mack

PHOTO: Senator Bill Nelson speaks to supporters at Dharma Blue restaurant Monday in Pensacola as part of Florida First campaign tour, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

(Ben Twingley, Pensacola News Journal/AP Photo)

Based on exit polls and analysis of the vote so far, ABC News projects that Democrat Bill Nelson will win over Republican Connie Mack in the Florida Senate race.

Political observers had once predicted the incumbent Nelson would have a tough time winning reelection in the key presidential battleground state, but he has consistently led his Republican challenger in the final stretch of the campaign.

While Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is running close in Florida, Mack was unable to pick up on his coattails, eliminating the possibility of Republicans picking up a seat in Florida in their quest take back a majority in the Senate.

ABC News does not yet have enough information to project a winner in the presidential race.

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