Two factors may be responsible for the win by Deb Fischer in
Nebraska. The first was an endorsement by Sarah
Palin. This raised Ms. Fischer’s profile
substantially, and made it “safe” for radical Conservatives to vote for her
even if they were unaware of her positions and political philosophy. What conservative voter would even think to
question someone endorsed by Ms. Palin (or even think at all).
The second factor was that a little bit of money made a big difference.
Following the release of her own internal poll showing her surging, Fischer scored endorsements from Sarah and Todd Palin and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.
Then came the dagger for Bruning.
A brutal $200,000 weekend television ad flight paid for by TD Ameritrade founder and
Cubs co-owner Joe Ricketts that revisited
Bruning’s questionable financial interests and cast a cloud over his character. Chicago
As for the Democrats, their one way trip to political irrelevance in the state continues.
Democrats argued that Fischer’s surprising win provides with them a better chance at holding the seat, mainly because she’s largely untested and undefined. But public polling taken ahead of the primary has shown Fischer defeating Kerrey by double digits. Republicans outnumber Democrats by about 170,000 and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is expected to rout President Barack Obama in the state.
For some reason Democrats think a long ago Senator, Bob Kerrey can win in the state. This is sorta like thinking that former Senator and Presidential candidate George McGovern could win in
Look at it this way. If a measly $200,000 could create a victory for Ms. Fischer, what does unlimited funding, say $5 to $10 million mean for her candidacy in the general election. An easy answer, it means an easy victory. Oh yes, the first polls showed Ms. Fischer with a 56% to 38% lead over the Democrat.