The Omaha World-Herald is reporting huge news in Nebraska tonight. Former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel is said to be endorsing Bob Kerrey over Republican Deb Fischer in the Nebraska Senate race.
A spokesman with Kerrey's campaign says Hagel – a former Nebraska U.S. Senator and a Republican – will back Kerrey in his race against Republican Deb Fischer.As the World-Herald notes, in a tight race, this could be be extremely beneficial towards attracting moderate Republicans and Independents to Kerrey.
Hagel's backing could go a long way with independents. And, it clearly underscores Kerrey's contention that he is the person in the race who can win Republican and Democratic support.
In campaign news, this is huge.
Polls as recently as 6 weeks ago had Kerrey behind by as 15 points. Other than Fischer's internal poll, multiple polls over the past several weeks have shown this race to be in the low single digits. Keeping this seat Democratic would be a huge upset.
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