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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Polls: Bob Kerrey Mounting Comeback In Nebraska

According to a new Omaha World-Herald poll, Democrat Bob Kerrey is now within striking distance of his Republican opponent Deb Fischer in the race for Nebraska’s open Senate seat.

The poll shows Fischer leading Kerrey by a 48 to 45 percent margin, within the plus or minus 3.5 percent margin of error. This represents a startling comeback for Kerrey; in the World-Herald‘s previous poll, conducted from September 17th to September 20th, Fischer was ahead by 10 points.

Among likely voters, Fischer leads Kerrey 49 percent to 46 percent, significantly down from her 16 percent lead in the September poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Wiese Research Associates of Omaha on October 23rd through October 25th, sampled 800 registered voters across the state.

This is the second recent survey to suggest that Kerrey has significantly cut into Fischer’s lead; a recent Pharos Research Group survey showed Fischer ahead of Kerrey by just 2.5 percent.

Kerrey, who served as Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and as a United States Senator from 1989 to 2001, attracted a good deal of media attention when he entered the race in February. Since then he has failed to gain traction in conservative Nebraska; Fischer has held consistent double digit leads in most polls, and most observers considered Nebraska’s open Senate seat — which is currently held by retiring Democrat Ben Nelson — as a safe Republican pickup. These new polls call that outcome into question.

If Kerrey is able to complete his comeback, it will have huge national implications; without Nebraska, it would be virtually impossible for the Republican Party to claim a majority in the Senate.

Photo credit: AP/Nati Harnik, File

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4 responses to “Polls: Bob Kerrey Mounting Comeback In Nebraska”

  1. Sierra111 says:

    Yeah for Kerrey!

  2. northroader1775 says:

    So here you have a medal of honor winner a govenor a senator and an honest man running against a blow hard wind bag with no experience and even fewer credintials and he is just now catching up???? wtf IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY…Bob Kerry is and always has been a great american and a fine public servant. It is the height of absurdity that a bunch of teabagging assholes would put Fischer above him. If you have any sense at all Nebraska VOTE KERRY and talk some sense into your poor deranged neighbors get them out to vote Kerry too.

  3. rightwingrick says:

    The polls are pretty clear that the Republicans are not going to get anywhere near a majority anyway.

    But a Kerrey win would bring the Senate STUNNINGLY close to the 60 votes Democrates would need to, say, consent to a new Supreme Court appointment.

    Democrats with 55 seats and two or three independents sitting with the Democratic caucus means only 2 or 3 Republicans would need to cross over to actually get stuff done!


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