A national pollster says the United States Senate race in Nebraska still matters even though Sen. Ben Nelson declined to run for re-election and former Sen. Bob Kerrey isn’t getting in.
Pollster Frank Luntz with the Luntz Global, in Lincoln for a speech, says Nebraska matters, because seven to eight United States Senate races will determine whether Democrats retain control in the Senate or Republicans seize it.
Democrats find themselves scrambling once again, now that another nationally known candidate has bowed out of the race. Incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson announced in late December that he would not run for a third term and would retire from public office. His announcement turned attention toward former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who had left Nebraska more than ten years ago to become president of the New School in New York. Kerrey gave returning to his home state and to politics a long look before choosing not to run.
Now, Democrats find themselves searching for a candidate.
It matters little, says Luntz, who advises against writing off Nebraska for Democrats desperate to retain their majority in Washington.
“It still matters, because anytime you flip a seat from Democrat to Republican or vice versa, that states in play,” “Democrats still would like to win it and there’s an anti-incumbent mood out there. So, nobody knows what’s going to happen.”
Luntz says with only a few Senate races in play, neither party can afford to write Nebraska off.
AUDIO: Pollster Frank Luntz assesses the Nebraska United States Senate race [:30]