Nebraska Democrats remain hopeful, but also mindful of the uphill battle they face in trying to break the dominance of Republicans in the state.
Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb says the party has a record 830-plus candidates up and down the ballot in Nebraska this year, a number which illustrates how energized Nebraska Democrats are in 2018.
Still, Kleeb says Democrats understand how tough it will be to win at the polls.
“You know, running statewide as a Democrat is difficult,” Kleeb tells Nebraska Radio Network. “But, we have to do something to crack that door of victory back open. We’ve had Democrats who’ve won statewide and have held office proudly.”
The party is sending registered Nebraska Democrats the slate of Democratic candidates who will be on their ballot November 6th, an effort to raise awareness and push turnout.
Kleeb says turnout is the key for Democrats to win November 6th.
“Democrats, in particular Omaha and Lincoln, have to turn out in the same numbers they turned out for Obama in 2008,” Kleeb says. “That is a tall order.”
Kleeb says the party must work on the nuts and bolts of running successful campaigns to turn enthusiasm into victory. She says Democrats have the message and the candidates to win. It is turnout which will make the difference.
“So, we feel confident we’re going to see some good victories this cycle.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]