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New Yorker Turns Down Nebraska Senate Bid


This is not exactly surprising — Bob Kerrey’s been registered to vote in New York for the past decade — but it is good news for the GOP nonetheless:

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey said Tuesday he will not run for the Nebraska Senate seat he gave up more than a decade ago, shutting down hopes for a bid both parties called Democrats’ best chance to hold the seat but that Kerrey himself described as a longshot. The 1992 presidential candidate and former Nebraska governor had considered seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Sen. Ben Nelson, who replaced Kerrey in the Senate in 2001. Nelson’s decision not to run for a third term this year came as a boon to Republicans, who must net four seats to retake the Senate and have made capturing the lone remaining Democratic seat in Nebraska’s congressional delegation a priority.

By the way, if the GOP wins the presidency, they only need to pick up three seats to control the Senate.

Congratulations to the next Nebraska senator, who is likely to be state attorney general Jon Bruning, state treasurer Don Stenberg, state senator Deb Fischer, or investment adviser Pat Flynn.

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