The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

One of Ben Nelson’s GOP Rivals Makes It Official


Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning filed paperwork with FEC yesterday making his candidacy for U.S. Senate official. A formal announcement will come in a few weeks.

If he wins the primary, he’ll be taking on two-term incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson, famous for the “Cornhusker Kickback.”

A GOP poll shows Nelson in considerable trouble, albeit two years away from Election Day:

A new poll by a right-leaning consulting group released Dec. 22 shows Sen. Ben Nelson trailing a pair of potential challengers for the Senate seat in 2012.

Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies commissioned the poll of 1,789 “likely 2012 voters” and found Nelson’s overall approval rating at 43 percent.

The poll also showed that 52 percent of voters favored Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning in a race against Nelson (38 percent), while 46 percent favored State Treasurer Don Stenberg over Nelson (40 percent). An earlier poll commissioned by the Nebraska Republican Party showed Bruning with a 15 percent edge over Nelson in November.

Tags: Ben Nelson , Don Stenberg , Jon Bruning


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