Nebraska GOP Senate Poll: Stenberg ‘Surging’

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By Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

LINCOLN — A new GOP Senate poll—arguably one likely to favor Don Stenberg—finds State Treasurer Stenberg “surging” just a handful of points behind Attorney General Jon Bruning.

At the same time nearly a third of the voters are still undecided.

The poll was trotted out today by Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) Senate Conservatives Fund. DeMint has not only endorsed Stenberg but has helped pour a couple hundred thousand dollars into Stenberg’s effort.

According to the poll Bruning had a 21 point lead over Stenberg in June, but that’s now down to six; State SenatorDeb Fischer trails Bruning by 20 points.

Here’s the numbers:

Bruning;                 31.8%

Stenberg:               26.4%

Fischer:                  11.0%

Flynn:                       1.4%

Undecided:            29.4%

A statement from the Bruning campaign dismissed the numbers as part of a push poll featuring “negative attacks on Jon Bruning.”

Fischer tells Nebraska Watchdog she doesn’t put a lot of stock into polls this early in the primary. She then added, “the fact that neither (Bruning or Stenberg) seems to be getting even a third of the vote should be troubling to their supporters.”

The pollster, Basswood Research, says “the longer Nebraska Republicans examine the two candidates, the more Bruning’s support fades, and Stenberg’s rises.”

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