Is it getting competitive in Nebraska's Senate race?
October 30th, 2012
02:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Is it getting competitive in Nebraska's Senate race?

(CNN) - Is the Nebraska battle to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson tightening up?

Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer is considered the clear favorite over her Democratic opponent, former Sen. Bob Kerrey, but a new poll suggests Kerrey is closing the gap. And a conservative super PAC that supports Republican candidates is going up with a new ad buy in the state in support of Fischer.

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According to a poll from the Omaha World-Herald, 48% of likely Nebraska voters support Fischer, who in May pulled an upset to win a crowded GOP primary, with 45% backing Kerrey, the state's former governor and two-term U.S. senator. Fisher's three point edge is within the survey's sampling error, and is down from a ten point lead in the Omaha World-Herald's previous poll.

The poll's release comes as American Crossroads begins running ads backing Fischer. The spots appear to be the first ones from a major national outside organization.

"Nebraska is a 'must-win' race for Republicans so it shouldn't surprise anyone to see folks on our side reminding voters in the closing days of Bob Kerrey's very liberal views. But given that national Democrats aren't investing resources here, it's clear they do not see a path to victory for their side," National Republican Senatorial Campaign Communications Director Brian Walsh told CNN.

Meanwhile, Tuesday Fischer's campaign emailed out a release trying to tie Kerrey to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the chamber.

National Democrats see the poll as evidence that they can keep party control of Nelson's seat.

"Nebraskans knew virtually nothing about Deb Fischer, and the more voters learn, the more they are rejecting her. Bob Kerrey has closed this race and that is why you are seeing Karl Rove and super PACs begin to panic," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil told CNN.

The Democrats currently control the Senate 53-47. But they are defending 23 (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) of the 33 seats up for grabs in next Tuesday's election.


Filed under: 2012 • Nebraska
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    Bob Kerry's "very liberal" views? He's about as middle of the road as a politician gets. It would be refreshing to get someone of his stature back in the senate. He is a "statesman" and we have darned few of those in the senate today.

    October 30, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Brian

    "American Crossroads" Here's a superpac composed of some of the world's biggest pieces of human feces. If something get's said by this group of lowlives you can bet money it's a lie

    October 30, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. gt

    not going to happen ...go back to the east coast...

    October 30, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. 2012liberal

    GO KERREY GO KERREY GO KERREY! Let prove 2 this country that we side with we the people!

    October 30, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. 2012liberal

    GO KERREY GO KERREY GO KERREY! Let prove 2 this country that we side with we the people not buy the people!

    October 30, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. truth hurts

    Kerrey hasn't lived in Nebraska for over 10 years has he? Sure sounds like a carpetbagger to me. I'm sure all the women will be supporting the Republican woman candidate against this old carpetbagging fossil.

    October 30, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Kirk in michigan

    More ads with no disclaimer, if seems to me you should want people to know where the ad is coming from, otherwise, i think your up to no good, trying to mislead, does anyone else think that unlimited funding from unknown corporations is invitng misleading ads? If you cant say who is payingfor the ad, i give it zero credibility

    October 30, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess a decorated veteran is someone with liberal views these days, since its clear the GOP only loves the military when they put out " Mission Accomplished " banners. They could care less about them when they get home, since they have blocked every attempt to put people back to work in the last 4 years.

    October 30, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    California Gary - Bob Kerry's "very liberal" views? He's about as middle of the road as a politician gets
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    Then what the heck is he going to do in the far left "progressive"/communist/socialist Democrat Party??? These far leftists will attack and try to get rid of him is he truly is "middle of the road". The Demcrat Party is far too radical left for Kerrey.

    October 30, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    California Gary – Bob Kerry's "very liberal" views? He's about as middle of the road as a politician gets
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    Then what the heck is he going to do in the far left "progressive"/communist/socialist Democrat Party??? These far leftists will attack and try to get rid of him is he truly is "middle of the road". The Demcrat Party is far too radical left for Kerrey.
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    Didn't you just call him a carpetbagger? Make up your mind and stick to it: you're like Weathervane Mitt, your hero, no real principles or original thoughts.

    October 30, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Drive all GOP thugs out. Obama12,

    October 30, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Kirk in michigan

    Disregard any polls, they called me and asked my age,and if i would be voting, im sure that call resulted in a romney vote, as they are not interested in the truth, and truth, enjoy your denial infused bliss, the partys over next wendsday, then you can stop bothering your mom yelling at the tv or computer everytime obama comes on. your ideaologgy is not sustainable in real life.

    October 30, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Kirk in michigan

    Truth, i dont know why you insist romneys the man, i suspect your one big racist, i cant even conjure the thought of this guy in real power, his economic plan hasb already been applied, and with great results huh? your a fool if you think mitt will win, why is romney only visiting swing states, i thought this was a relief effort? that is why he wont get elected, he is a liar, if you disagree, explain why no relief effort in NY, NJ, MASS, CONN? hes a low life, your ignored if he has nonuse for you, thats what it says to me, tell me how wrong i am,btw, how about those relief efoorts in Mass, in 2005? great guy isn't he?

    October 30, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Kirk in michigan

    Im confused, mitt sure looks like he is campaigning, and only visiting swing states, why if i did not know better, i'd say he is lying, im sure thats not the case, just really seems like it

    October 30, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Kirk in michigan

    Chime in truthb, im bored, and could use a good laugh, your excuses for him will be over soon, and then youbcan run your thrivng business, without having to defend your hero. hope your business picks up. you need any advertising slogans? dont cry, your mom hates it when you cry. you must be a real pleasure to live with.

    October 30, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. California Gary

    @truth hurts.......you are confused about the political parties. It's the GOP that doesn't tolerate middle of the road politicians........they get rid of them through the primary process. In the Democratic party, there is room for more than one school of thought. And you do know that this "old carpetbagging fossil" is a medal of honor winner don't you? Maybe you could show a little respect.

    October 30, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    If you live in the Heart of Tornado Alley ( Nebraska), or for that matter anywhere in the USA, ask yourself if you feel lucky, before you vote for romney, or a republican Senator.

    They want to end FEMA and let each state tale care of its own problems.
    They want to dismantle our Government as we know it.
    They want us in everybody's business overseas, but no help at home.

    October 30, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Willie Floyd

    If this woman is like other Repubs.-part of the war on women-all those women expected to vote for her are loony tunes.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 30, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |