Deb Fischer Surges as Republicans Fight to Finish Line

May 15, 2012

By Steve White,

The man to beat for U.S. Senate may be a woman. Deb Fischer surges as the race attracts national attention and big money from a prominent family. Jon Bruning may still be the frontrunner but it’s far from decided.

Some credit belongs to a former Alaska Governor.

Plus remember the name Pete Ricketts? He spent big bucks in a failed attempt to unseat Sen. Ben Nelson in 2006. Now the family behind TD Ameritrade has put its money on an ad that says “anyone but Bruning.”

As Deb Fischer made last minute stops in Aurora, Grand Island, and Kearney she was stopped by residents who told Fischer she’s got their vote. But does she have enough to beat Attorney General Jon Bruning?

Endorsements from Sarah Palin and Lincoln Congressman Jeff Fortenberry have put Fischer in
contention. Late Monday, she also announced she had been endorsed by Herman Cain.

Two polls were released Monday. One shows Fischer up, the other in a close second.

“It shows we have a lot of momentum,” she said. “Governor Palin’s been watching this race, similar to some of the ones she’s run in the past and I’m very thankful for her endorsement.”

Endorsements have been matched with money, something Fischer has lacked.

She said, “You don’t need a lot of money to run a campaign, you need resources of course you do. You need to get on TV, get your message out, you have to let people see who you are.”

Fischer has run TV ads, including one that shows two bulls with ear tags reading “Bruning” and “Stenberg” calling for “no bull.” Fischer insists she is running a positive campaign, and says the ad is not negative, rather an example of “Sandhills humor.”

Helping Fischer get more recognition is TD Ameritrade founder and Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts. His political group Ending Spending has spent around a quarter of a million dollars in last minute ads attacking Bruning, while others support Fischer.

Rickett’s “Super PAC” – the Ending Spending Action Fund filed a report with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday that shows it spent more than $200,000 to a Hollywood video production company and a D.C. area strategy firm. The report says the Ricketts group supports Fischer and opposes Bruning.

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