Omaha’s race for Congress, it’s “The Nebraska Race” to watch in November.
1) The incumbent Congressman, who got a scare in his last race appears vulnerable again, of course he always appears vulnerable.
2) The Congressman’s little known rival in the May Primary picked up a lot more votes than anyone expected.
3) It’s a midterm election and the President isn’t on the ballot.
4) The President’s health care plan has raised the stakes.
5) The Governor looks like a shoe-in.
6) Democrats are accusing the Republican of censoring books.
WELCOME BACK TO THE FUTURE; ALL OF THE ABOVE HAPPENED 16 YEARS AGO.
1) In 1994 Congressman Peter Hoagland (NE-D) had just come off a 2 point win over Republican Ron Staskiewicz in 1992. In 2010 Congressman Lee Terry (NE-R) is coming off a four point win over Democrat Jim Esch in 2008.
2) In ’94 Hoagland’s primary opponent, Jess Pritchett, received 27% of the vote. In 2010 “Tea Partier” Matt Sakalosky got 37% of the vote in the GOP Primary against Terry.
3) In ’94 President Bill Clinton had been on the job two stormy years, ditto in 2010 for President Barack Obama.
4) In ’94 voters were starting to weigh in on President Clinton’s number one issue: health care reform, in 2010 the health care scales are set.
5) In 1994 Governor Ben Nelson (NE-D) received 73% of the vote against Republican Gene Spence; some Republicans accused Spence of throwing in the towel four weeks before Election Day. In 2010 Governor Dave Heineman (NE-R) is running against Democrat Mark Lakers; at least two key Democrats (Anne Boyle and Chuck Hassebrook) want Lakers to throw in the towel now.
6) In ’94 Hoagland’s campaign accused Republican Jon Christensen of being a book burner. In 2010 Democrats are accusing Terry of trying to censor school books.
And what does any of that have to do with the outcome of this year’s battle between Terry and his opponent, Democrat State Senator Tom White of Omaha?
Well the bad news for Terry is that in 1994 the incumbent lost.
The bad news for White is that in 1994 the Democrat lost.
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Reported by Joe Jordan, email@example.com