Poll: Kerrey, Fischer Tied in Nebraska Senate Race

Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 03:53 PM

By Stephen Feller

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The U.S. Senate race in Nebraska is now considered a statistical tie with a new poll showing a three-point gap between former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey and Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer.

Kerrey has been hammering Fischer’s character in the last several days over a property dispute that resulted in her suing her elderly neighbors 17 years ago, reported the Omaha World-Herald.

According to the poll of 800 registered voters, Kerrey leads Fischer 49-to-46. The margin of error is 3.5 points, causing analysts to move the race from solidly Republican to lean Republican in estimated Electoral College vote counts.

Fischer has maintained double digit leads throughout much of the campaign but in recent weeks the campaigns and outside groups have made moves that suggested the blowout was turning into more of a horse race.

Karl Rove’s American Crossroads SuperPAC bought $420,000 worth of advertising time in the state in an effort to aid the election hopes of Fischer, long considered the favorite to win the seat from retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D), reported the Washington Post.

"Nebraska is a 'must-win' race for Republicans,” National Republican Senatorial Campaign Communications Director Brian Walsh told CNN, “so it shouldn't surprise anyone to see folks on our side reminding voters in the closing days of Bob Kerrey's very liberal views. But given that national Democrats aren't investing resources here, it's clear they do not see a path to victory for their side."

The new poll numbers are a sharp change from September, when the World-Herald found Kerrey down 10 points among registered voters and down 16 among likely voters. Roughly seven percent of registered voters told pollsters they remain undecided in the race.

"Nebraskans knew virtually nothing about Deb Fischer,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil told CNN. “The more voters learn, the more they are rejecting her. Bob Kerrey has closed this race and that is why you are seeing Karl Rove and super PACs begin to panic."

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