Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer can now be addressed as United States Senator-elect.
Fischer, a state senator from Valentine, completed her improbable political journey, emerging from a Republican primary to claim the United States Senate seat now held by Democrat Ben Nelson, who is retiring from public office.
Final unofficial totals released by the Secretary of State’s office show Fischer won 445,443 votes, or 58.18% of the vote. Democrat Bob Kerrey, who had returned to Nebraska and returned to politics to run for his old office, received 320,229 votes, or 41.82%.
Fischer’s lead narrow during early returns, but widened as the night wore on. Her percentage tracked closely the percentage Nebraska voters gave Gov. Mitt Romney, who holds a better than 60-40 split over President Obama in the state.
AUDIO: Republican Deb Fischer claims victory in U.S. Senate race. [5:40]