Oh, to be back home in Nebraska today, where I could be eating a Runza, hitting the Henry Doorly Zoo, and watch the Republican senate primary race up close. Because apparently, it just got interesting.
Up until recently, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning looked like the sure thing. Of course, he did once compare welfare recipients to racoons, but that tends to be an asset, not a liability, in a GOP primary campaign. And with his push to rescind the Affordable Care Act and fight the administration on health care reform, he should have had no problems getting the endorsement.
But as always, the Tea Party has decided they need their own candidates, and they picked state treasurer Don Stenberg. Stenberg received endorsements from FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, and even Tea Party Senator Jim DeMint.
Yet for once, the Tea Party backing might be hurting their candidate more than helping. With “the establishment” and Bruning going after “the Tea Party” and Stenberg, that’s left State Rep. Deb Fischer an opening to gain momentum, mostly because no one bothered to campaign against her. And in two last minute endorsements — one from Sarah Palin, and one from businessman, failed presidential candidate and Nebraskan Herman Cain, as well as some last minute negative ads on her behalf, and Fischer has suddenly gone from nobody to frontrunner.
Is the establishment candidate going down? We’ll see tonight, as the votes come in.
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