(CNN) - Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, official results showed, beating two better-funded candidacies for the opportunity to face off against a former U.S. Senator for the open seat in November.
Fischer's upset toppled state Attorney General John Bruning, seen as the establishment candidate, and state Treasurer Don Stenberg, seen as the tea party favorite.
(CNN) – Former Sen. Bob Kerrey will win the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska, CNN projects. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, is retiring, leaving an open race.
(CNN) – The Nebraska Republican Party will push forward in court with a challenge to the residency of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey, the group confirmed Tuesday.
Kerrey, who served as a Nebraska senator from 1989-2001, later moved out of the state to serve as president of The New School in New York City.
(CNN) – Nebraska airwaves are about to get a lot more political. On Tuesday, former Sen. Bob Kerrey announced he was launching two television spots promoting his U.S. Senate bid, the same day the conservative group American Crossroads said it was buying radio time to slam the Democratic candidate.
Kerrey's campaign ads, each 30 seconds long, are positive spots giving voters a picture of Kerrey's campaign platform. In "Step Up," the candidate says: "America needs to step up its game. Our government is dysfunctional, our schools are not performing at world standards, our competitors are stealing our technology and our debt is crippling our future."
(CNN) – Two days after Democrat Bob Kerrey announced his intention to run for Senate in Nebraska, Republican candidate Jon Bruning released his first ad attacking the former senator.
The spot, which will begin airing statewide Friday, attempts to paint Kerrey as a moderate "New York liberal," in contrast to the "conservative" Bruning.