Welcome home, Bob Kerrey. The in again, out again, in again theatrics of the former senator’s entrance into the 2012 Nebraska race to replace Democrat Ben Nelson appears to have hurt Kerrey dearly, and the shenanigans over whether or not he’s truly a resident isn’t helping things, either.
Kerrey is way behind, regardless of which potential Republican challenger he is up against, ranging from 10 points behind state Senator Deb Fisher to 17 points behind frontrunner Attorney General Jon Bruning. Even worse, he’s actually dropping in popularity since coming back to Nebraska.
According to the latest polling from Public Policy Polling, “Kerrey’s campaign rollout has not been a success. In October his favorability rating in the state was a +5 spread at 39/34. Since then it’s dropped 20 points on the margin to -15 at 36/51. Kerrey’s stayed steady with Democrats but has seen large drops with independents (from 47/24 to 36/38) and with Republicans (from 23/47 to 16/74).”
Somehow, despite winning over 12 percent of the Republican vote when in a head to head with Bruning, Kerrey is losing 18 percent of the Democratic vote to him. That’s a pretty dire situation when Democrats are preferring a man who compared welfare recipients to raccoons.
If things continue in this direction, Kerrey could poll in the single digits by election day.
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