Republican Deb Fischer has been elected to the U.S. Senate, completing a remarkable eight-year journey from little-known state legislator.
Fischer beat Democrat Bob Kerrey, 69, on Tuesday for the seat left open by retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.
Nebraska voters previously had elected Kerrey as governor and to two U.S. Senate terms, but he only returned to the state in March after a 12-year absence.
After her hard-fought GOP primary race, Fischer, 61, was seen as the favorite for the seat because of the state's decidedly Republican base.
The rancher from Valentine entered the primary race against two more familiar -- and better financed -- candidates, state Attorney General Jon Bruning and Treasurer Don Stenberg.
Her win was credited to persistent campaigning and anti-Bruning ads funded by super PACs.