With six weeks left until the November 8 General Election, Cong. Brad Ashford (D-NE2) is touting his approval ratings, trying to make a case for a second term.
His campaign polling shows nearly two-thirds of likely voters think he is doing a good job.
The same poll shows he has a ten point lead over Republican challenger Don Bacon heading into the final stretch of the campaign.
John Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln political science professor, says the race is close and three upcoming debates could change things.
“Usually, they tend not to, but in a really close race that has the potential to go one way or the other,” Hibbing tells Nebraska Radio Network. “You know, three times gives you a lot of opportunity to say something wrong as well.”
The debates are scheduled for Oct. 11, 14, and 19.
Hibbing says Bacon is running a good race. This is the retired Air Force general’s first attempt at public office.
Libertarian candidate Steven Laird is also on the ballot, and may make a difference in the outcome, if he take votes away from Bacon.
“Probably not many, but you know, in a close race, it doesn’t take many,” Hibbing says. “So, I wouldn’t rule out anything as being a potential factor, if the race is going to be as close as some of the talking heads think it is.”
National political watchers are giving Ashford a slight edge in the race.
“He’s worked very hard to appeal to people on the conservative side given that he is a Democrat,” Hibbing says, noting reelection never was a shoo-in for Ashford.