Deb Fischer beats good ol' boys in Nebraska. A sign of things to come?
Three candidates stood for nomination in the Republican Primary in Nebraska:
- State Senator Deb Fischer,
- State Attorney General Jon Bruning, and
- State Treasurer Don Stenberg.
The State Republican Party backed Bruning. So did the National
Republican Senatorial Committee. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) endorsed
Stenberg, and had help from the Club for Growth. Deb Fischer had no
chance to win, or even to place, according to everyone who was watching
that race. But former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska endorsed Fischer
late in the race.
Anyone who thought that Sarah Palin could only give the kiss of death
to a candidate by endorsing him or her, learned differently last night.
(See these reports from ABC News, The New York Times, Fox News Channel, The Washington Post, GlobalPost, and WakeUpAmerica.)
The Post gave the stunning numbers of the money that the three candidates spent:
- Jon Bruning: $1.3 million
- Don Stenberg: $1.2 million
- Deb Fischer: $300,000
That $300,000 included $100,000 in ads that her campaign bought, and a
$200,000 campaign by Joe Ricketts’ Chicago “SuperPAC.” It amounted to ten percent of the money that all three candidates spent in this primary.
Politico.com published three reports, all showing that Deb Fischer now has the support of those who had backed her rivals. Sarah Palin said it best: Deb Fischer is not part of any “good old boy network.”
The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and
powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and
commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change.
Palin should know. She beat a good-old-boy network to become Governor
of Alaska, and clashed with more “good old boys” to win more royalties
for Alaskan oil.
Now that Fischer will be the Republican candidate for Senate, most
poll watchers expect her to become the next US Senator from Nebraska.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-controlled company, warned in March that former Senator Bob Kerrey, now trying to return to the Senate, would lose badly to any of the three candidates.
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