There could be an upset in tomorrow’s Republican senate primary in Nebraska, where the winner will challenge former Senator Bob Kerrey for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Ben Nelson. Whether the (still?) frontrunner, Attorney General Jon Bruning, can hold out against state Treasurer Don Stenberg and State Sen. Deb Fischer – who is making a spectacular dash in the final stretch – is now in doubt.
What’s happened to a race that many had once considered settled for Brunung? Club for Growth Action, which backs Stenberg, ran a tv ad campaign that pounded the AG as a tax-raiser who once “supported a national government-run health plan,” while Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund bankrolled a separate campaign backing Stenberg. Combined both efforts dumped nearly $3 million into the race.