A United States Senate race which has taken more than its fair share of twists and turns heads toward the finish line as the 2012 election comes to a close.
First, Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, decided to retire. Then, Democrat Bob Kerrey considered, declined, then re-considered and entered the race for his old seat.
Kerrey trailed badly in public opinion polls early, but polls now indicate he’s narrowed the gap; from a double-digit deficit to a single-digit.
“I believe that we’re closing and I think it’s reasonable for me to have some expectation that on the 6th of November we’re going to win,” Kerrey says.
It didn’t seem much of a race early. Kerrey then hit upon a strategy that seemed to work, criticizing Republican Deb Fischer for her boundary dispute with a neighbor.
As for Fischer, she emerged from a three-candidate Republican primary to claim the nomination, a surprise winner over Attorney General Jon Bruning and State Treasurer Don Stenberg. She now seems poised to complete an improbably political feat.
“I’m very confident, very confident. I’m not cocky about it by any means,” Fischer says. “This is up to the people of the state of Nebraska.”
Nebraskans face many races and issues today.
Few believe that Congressman Jeff Fortenberry will lose to Democrat Korey Reiman in the First Congressional District or that Congressman Adrian Smith will lose to Democrat Mark Sullivan in the Third. The Second District is a different story. Democrat John Ewing, Jr. is mounting a serious challenge to incumbent Republican Lee Terry.
Republican Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is expected to win Nebraska easily over President Barack Obama. Nebraska is one of only two states which splits its electoral vote. Obama won the Second Congressional District in 2008, but it appears less likely he will take an electoral vote from the state this year.
Four constitutional amendments are on the ballot. Number one would expand impeachment to include acts committed while running for office. Number two would make hunting and fishing a constitutional right in Nebraska. Number three would extend legislative term limits from two consecutive terms to three. Number four would increase legislative pay from $12,000/year to $22,500/year.
Today, the polls don’t matter. Nebraskans decide.
AUDIO: Brent Martin report [:45]