The primary is over. A tough United States Senate race lies ahead.
Nebraskans heard and saw a lot of ads during the Republican primary. Expect more, much more during the general election.
State Republican Party Chairman Mark Fahleson says neither party can control the millions which will be poured into the race by outside third-party interests.
“The reality is, come November, I think your average Nebraskan will be tired of this Senate race,” Fahleson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It’s not by virtual of what Sen. Fischer or the Republican Party will do, it’s all the outside interest groups, both from the left and the right. The race I think is going to heat up pretty quickly.”
The two national parties will throw in their support during this election. Nebraska’s Senate seat is considered one of the keys to whether Democrats retain control of the United States Senate in Washington or whether Republicans win enough seats to reclaim the majority.
Fahleson insists Fischer is more than ready, despite her lack of statewide exposure and despite her unexpected primary win. Fahleson says Republicans will argue that Fischer’s lack of experience works in her favor, countering that the type of experience Democrat Bob Kerrey boasts has created the huge budget deficits and lack of effectiveness that gives Congress such low ratings in public opinion polls.
Kerrey has both served as governor of Nebraska and represented the state as a United States Senator prior to leaving for New York to become president of the New School. Kerrey entered the race after incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson decided to retire rather than run for a third term.
Republicans tipped their hand early in this race, disclosing a strategy that hopes to tout Fischer as representing Nebraska values against Bob Kerrey who they charge has adopted New York values.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews GOP State Chairman Mark Fahleson on US Senate race. [2:40]