As you know, Ben Nelson decided not to run for reelection in Nebraska.  His Cornhusker Kickback weighed too heavily on his reelection prospects.

The great Democratic hope was that former Senator Bob Kerrey would run for the seat.

But it is not to be, as reported at The Fix:

Former senator Bob Kerrey told The Fix on Tuesday that he will not run for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, a move that robs Democrats of their top potential recruit in a tough state.

Democrats eyed a potential Senate comeback for Kerrey after Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced in late December that he wouldn’t seek reelection.

Given the tough political terrain in the Cornhusker State, a proven winner like Kerrey, who is also a former governor, was pretty clearly the Democrats’ best hope to hold the seat….

It wasn’t immediately clear who else Democrats might get to run for Nelson’s seat. Right now there aren’t a whole lot of options in a state where the Democratic bench is pretty short.

Is there any way the GOP loses the pick up?