15. Bill Nelson

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007414" title="Bill Nelson" href="/topic/politics/government/bill-nelson-PEPLT007414.topic">Bill Nelson</a>, U.S. senator (Last year: 10th). 2012 is a big year for Florida's senior U.S. senator. The Orlando Democrat is facing re-election at a time when incumbents are about as popular as navel lint. But the field of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000004" title="Republican Party" href="/topic/politics/parties-movements/republican-party-ORGOV0000004.topic">GOP</a> challengers is struggling to gain traction. And, as a moderate Dem who's been in public office for decades, Nelson is a formidable political force.

( JOE BURBANK, ORLANDO SENTINEL / December 29, 2011 )

Bill Nelson, U.S. senator (Last year: 10th). 2012 is a big year for Florida's senior U.S. senator. The Orlando Democrat is facing re-election at a time when incumbents are about as popular as navel lint. But the field of GOP challengers is struggling to gain traction. And, as a moderate Dem who's been in public office for decades, Nelson is a formidable political force.

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