US Rep. Terry's Close Win Could Be Wake-up Call

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Some experts say Republican Lee Terry might have some political reassessing to do following his worst primary showing since he was first elected to Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District in 1998.

The eight-term congressman spent nearly $1 million on campaign advertising to win the nomination Tuesday over GOP challenger Dan Frei, a political unknown who raised less than $50,000 and produced no television ads.

But Frei, who billed himself as more conservative than Terry, still came within nearly 5 percentage points of a win.

University of Nebraska at Omaha political science professor Randall Adkins says the slim win raises concerns for Terry, who could now look vulnerable to national Democrats.

Even Terry's allies acknowledge he might need to adjust his tactics to better show voters how he serves them.