US Senate Race: What to Expect Over the Next Six Months

We know who's going to be on the US Senate ballot in November, now what does that mean for voters the candidates are trying to win over?

If the ads and spending in the US Senate primary wore you out, just wait, one political science professor predicts it's going to get worse.

A surprising upset by Deb Fischer. An expected win for Bob Kerrey. Now, the real battle for the open US Senate seat begins.

Tuesday night Fischer told a crowd of supporters, "We don't need the same type of person who supposedly is going to represent us in Washington, we need somebody different somebody who's tough, somebody who's effective, somebody who's a Nebraskan."

On the other hand Kerrey told reporters Tuesday night, "There are clear differences between her and I on experience, there's going to be clear differences between she and I on our capacity to actually do the job of eliminating the deficit, and the voters are going to have a clear choice."

Wednesday, UNL Political Science Professor Mike Wagner said he thinks the spending in this race could be unprecedented.

He told 10/11, "Because I think now the Democratic party will think we have a real chance here because they will think now we're running against someone who is not as well known as Jon Bruning was. And while I think Fischer would still be, have to be considered the favorite, I think the Democrats and Super PAC's [Political Action Committee's] supporting the left leaning candidates are going to spend a lot more money on this race, which ought to then spur Republicans and right leaning super PAC's to spend a lot of money to defend Fischer's turf. "

More money means more ads. Wagner says Kerrey and Fischer have run clean campaigns in the past and he expects they'll do the same again. On the other hand, don't expect that from outside groups.

"The Super PAC's have no such commitment and we're going to see a lot of negative ads in the fall."

Wagner went on to say, "Both candidates seem to be committed to running a positive campaign, it's not unique for candidates to say they're going to run a positive campaign, but both State Senator Fischer and former Senator Kerrey have done very positive campaigns in the past. They've been willing to attack opponents, but they seem to do so more on issues, than on personal kind of mudslinging."

The battle all boils down to control in the US Senate.

Wagner said, "If the Republicans are going to take the Senate, they really need to win this race and they thought this was one they had in the bag and now that it's a little bit more in question there's going to be a lot of spending."


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