Both former Republican Governor Mitt Romney and former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey easily won their primary battles in the state of Nebraska, but for the coveted GOP senate race, the results were a nail biter. Although Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning had an early lead in the results, he watched that lead dwindle as State Rep. Deb Fischer gained.
By 10 pm, Fischer, who had received a bounce in polls after last minute endorsements and ad campaigns on her behalf, had officially become the new leader. At 10:05 her lead grew to over 5,000 votes with nearly 70 percent of the precincts reporting, making it clear she would win the contest to run against Bob Kerrey.
With Fischer as candidate, it will be likely that the party establishment, who favored Bruning, and the Tea Party wing, who backed state Treasurer Don Stenberg, will need to come together and coalesce around the new nominee. But with Nebraska so ripe for a GOP pickup and the senate majority on the line, that won’t take very long. The race is far too important for them to squabble over the candidate. All that really matters is which party wins that seat in November.
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