Upset in GOP Nebraska Senate Primary

Just a state rep, Deb Fischer wasn't expected to be a player in the Nebraska Republican senate primary. But yesterday Fischer beat the state AG and Treasurer to grab the right to take on former Senator Bob Kerrey.

The victory sends Fischer to the general election as a favorite over former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who easily disposed of four lesser-known opponents for a shot at the open seat being left vacant by retiring Sen. Ben Nelson. Nebraska is a must-win for Republicans if they are to acquire the four pickups necessary to flip control of the Senate this fall.

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.

Kerry spent ten years living in New York City running the New School after quitting the senate.