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By: John Gizzi
Posted: May 15th, 2012
It was a hard-fought race right up to the end, but when it was all over, the Republican who had been considered the long-shot in the race until the last few days clinched nomination for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska Tuesday night. With near-final returns in, State Sen. Deb Fischer, the “late bloomer,” upset long-presumed front-runner and State Attorney General Jon Bruning by a margin of 41 to 36 percent. State Treasurer Don Stenberg, once considered Bruning’s main rival, ran third with about 25 percent.
All three were considered conservative, albeit in different degrees and styles. But the primary drew national press attention and involvement from numerous outside organizations and politicians, among them three past GOP presidential hopefuls. In large part, this was because involvement in Nebraska’s GOP Senate primary came with little risk. The winner, no matter who he or she was, would be considered a sure bet in the fall to pick up the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.
Almost universally, polls showed any of the three Republicans handily defeating Democratic nominee and former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who has voted, paid taxes, and lived in Manhattan since retiring from the Senate in 2000.
By all accounts, Fischer will become the Cornhusker State’s first female senator since fellow Republican Hazel H. Abel, who filled out a Senate term for two months in 1954.
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