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Nebraska AG Exploring Run at Ben Nelson

Yesterday Nebraska’s Republican governor, Dave Heineman, said he would not run for the Senate seat currently held by Ben Nelson (D.). But it didn’t take long for the vacuum to fill. Today, Republican state attorney general Jon Bruning announced he would form an exploratory committee to take on Nelson.

Bruning won a landslide reelection bid on Tuesday, and is said to have over $600k left in his campaign war chest from an aborted 2007 challenge to succeed then-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R.).

Politico’s Ben Smith tweets a good point about all this. The popularity of Nebraska Republicans like Bruning and Heineman is precisely why Ben Nelson is unlikely to switch parties. He’d get Spectered in a primary.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster has been news editor of National Review Online since 2009, and was a web site editor until 2012. His work has appeared in The American Spectator, The American Prospect, The New York Post, The Onion, and a number of other publications. He has been a frequent guest on television and radio and a frequent contributor to Bloggingheads.tv. In 2011, he was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. A proud New Jerseyan, Daniel got his start as a beat reporter covering the Meadowlands region of Bergen County. He was educated mostly at George Washington University, but also New York University and Pembroke College, Oxford.

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