State Sen. Deb Fischer pulled off a stunning upset in the Republican primary for United States Senate, earning the right to square off against former United States Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, in the November general election.
Fischer, long considered the third candidate in the crowded six-candidate Republican field, vaulted past Attorney General Jon Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenberg to secure the nomination.
Fischer finished with 79,028 votes, 41% of the total cast in the race, according to the unofficial results released by the Secretary of State’s office. Fischer trailed Bruning early in the evening, taking a slim lead as about half the precincts in the state reported. It would be a lead she would never relinquish.
Bruning finished with 69,006 or a fraction under 36% of the vote. Stenberg finished with 36,043 votes, 18.75% of the total.
The turnout for the primary election was just under 26% of Nebraska’s registered voters.
AUDIO: State Sen. Deb Fischer gives victory speech. [8:30]
AUDIO: Attorney General Jon Bruning concedes in US Senate race. [3 min.]