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Poll: Trouble for Ben Nelson if Bruning wins primary
The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Josh Lederman

Posted on 11/28/2011 7:02:04 PM PST by freespirited

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) would start his 2012 reelection race in a weak position if Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning wins the primary, according to a new poll.

The survey by Republican firm Magellan Strategies put Nelson 6 points behind Bruning in a general election. But pitted against Don Stenberg, another Republican in the race, Nelson is in a statistical tie. He bests Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer (R) by 6 points.

Another cause for concern for Nelson, who has not yet announced whether he will seek reelection, is his 36 percent approval rating, which dwarfs the 51 percent who disapprove. All of the Republican candidates — except Bruning — also have more voters who disapprove than approve.

But the Republicans all have higher rates of voters who haven't yet made up their minds than Nelson, who is finishing up his second term in the Senate.

Nelson won his 2006 reelection by almost 30 points over Republican Pete Ricketts, but his 2012 fate is less certain, and Republicans see a major opportunity to unseat him.

The Magellan poll of 645 Nebraska voters was conducted Nov. 20-21 using automated telephone interviews, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: 112th; bennelson; bruning; debfischer; donstenberg; jonbruning; ne2012; nebraska; nebraskasenate; petericketts
Hopefully Nelson will join Barney Frank by announcing his retirement.
1 posted on 11/28/2011 7:02:12 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

If that is the case then, go Bruning go!


2 posted on 11/28/2011 7:08:31 PM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: CPT Clay

i would have thought ben nelson would be behind by at least double digits

Cornhusker kickback

selling your soul for two pieces of gold on abortion?


3 posted on 11/28/2011 7:10:11 PM PST by preamble
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To: freespirited

For years Nebraskans have put their faith in “moderates”.

Now it’s biting them.


4 posted on 11/28/2011 7:26:40 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: freespirited

I hope Nebraskans remember Nelson’s Obamacare sellout. I’m amazed that, with a 36% approval rating, he isn’t trailing by a lot more.


5 posted on 11/28/2011 7:40:27 PM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

You may find this interesting.


6 posted on 11/28/2011 7:48:39 PM PST by randita (I'm not a percentage. I'm a free person.)
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To: randita; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; LdSentinal

I think that Ben Nelson is more likely than not to lose. As a result, I don’t think we need to settle for Jon Bruning.


7 posted on 11/28/2011 7:53:19 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks freespirited.
Hopefully Nelson will join Barney Frank by announcing his retirement.
That I didn't know about, thanks again!


8 posted on 11/28/2011 8:03:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: freespirited

Beat him with a club.
Beat him with a stick.
Beat him with his record.
Just beat Nelson in Nebraska and Florida.
2 babosos who should be shoveling chicken pooh.


9 posted on 11/28/2011 8:07:50 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy is just a quota boy No RINO's)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m unhappy with the choice. Stenberg is probably more conservative but is a weaker candidate.


10 posted on 11/28/2011 11:51:03 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: freespirited

With a 36 percent approval he loses to any of them.


11 posted on 11/29/2011 7:44:07 AM PST by jimfree (In Nov 2012 Herman Cain will have more relevant and quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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