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Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, setting the stage for a high-stakes November election against former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey.
The 53-year-old Fischer overcame low name familiarity and being outspent by two competitors to win the nomination in Tuesday's election.
She was backed by 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former presidential candidate Herman Cain.
The race has drawn national attention because a GOP win would push Republicans closer to a Senate majority.
Nebraska is a solidly Republican state, but Democrats think they have a shot of winning with Kerrey, a former senator, governor and presidential candidate. Kerrey easily won the Democratic nomination.
The general election winner will replace Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who isn't seeking a third term.
Fischer says she is ready to take on former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey this fall in a closely watched Nebraska Senate race.
Reached at her celebration party in Lincoln, Fischer eschewed any suggestion that the win caught her by surprise. She says she knows how to work hard because she's a Nebraskan.
“I am so thankful for the trust the voters placed in me tonight. This was truly a victory for the people of Nebraska. I’ve said from the beginning that I’m not a career politician, and that’s why I’m running - because we need to send a different type of person to Washington, DC," said Senator Fischer.
"In the Nebraska Legislature, I’ve helped pass the largest tax relief package in state history, and we balance the budget every year. That’s the kind of leadership that we need in the Senate," said Fischer.
Fischer downplayed the role a late $200,000 advertising blitz from an outside super PAC might have ad in her race against two better-financed GOP opponents.
“We had amazing momentum the last two weeks. The wind is at our back and our Party is united. I look forward to taking my Nebraska commonsense message of cutting taxes, reducing spending, and creating jobs to the voters this fall," said Fischer.
She acknowledged that the general election race could get bloody. She calls the race the "focus of the entire nation" and thinks it will get "interesting."