Bob Kerrey has easily won the Democratic nomination for his old job representing Nebraska in the U.S. Senate.
Democrats are counting on Kerrey to help them retain a seat viewed as one of the Republicans' best opportunities for a pickup, which would push them closer to a Senate majority.
The seat is being vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson, who succeeded Kerrey 12 years ago but isn't seeking a third term.
The primary victory Tuesday by the former senator, governor and presidential candidate pushes Kerrey into a fall campaign where he will likely be considered the underdog in conservative Nebraska.
However, he has raised more than $1.2 million since entering the race in February.
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey says he's looking forward to traveling the state as part of his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Kerrey pledged that his team will "knock on 800,000 doors between now and Nov. 6."
The Nebraska Democrat said that the state is all about "grass-roots democracy." He cited the need to solve the nation's deficit problems as a reason to run again for the job after a 12-year absence.
He will face Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer in November. She won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday night. Political unknowns Larry Marvin, Steven Lustgarten and Sherman Yates lost to Kerrey in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Kerrey says he didn't think Fischer's win Tuesday changed the dynamics of the election and says the only way to accomplish goals is to work "across party lines."
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey is highlighting his previous experience as a U.S. Senator and governor and pledged to work with Republicans if elected.