Yesterday the political action committee founded by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint began airing a TV ad promoting Stenberg. The ad denigrates politicians who will “say anything to get elected” and calls Stenberg fearless and dependable with the “character and integrity” to defeat Democrat Bob Kerrey in the fall.
A spokesman for the Senate Conservatives Fund, Matt Hoskins, said the Nebraska race is tightening.
“This race is quickly trending in Don Stenberg’s favor as voters learn more about Jon Bruning’s record. In just a few weeks, Bruning’s lead has been cut from 30 points down to single digits. This race is far from over and the grassroots aren’t giving up. They know Don Stenberg is the strongest conservative in the race and has the character and integrity to defeat Bob Kerrey.”
According to the FEC, the Senate Conservatives Fund made a $250,000 TV buy promoting Stenberg.
During the debate among the top three Republican candidates on Tuesday, frontrunner Jon Bruning took a swipe at DeMint’s support for Stenberg, saying South Carolina already has two senators and doesn’t need a third.
This TV buy brings the Senate Conservatives Fund’s total spending on the Nebraska race to $1.4 million, including a recent $20,000 expenditure for “survey calls.”
That would be a different survey from the one done last week by state Sen. Deb Fischer’s campaign. That survey of 500 likely Republican primary voters on April 23-24 found the race has tightened to 9 points, with Bruning leading with 30 percent, Stenberg with 21 percent and Fischer 19 percent, with a margin of error of 4.4 percent.
That’s a big drop in polling for Bruning, who was leading by 30 points in several polls in March. And despite heavy spending by Bruning and outside groups on Stenberg’s behalf, the poll found 28 percent of voters still undecided.
The poll also found Bruning’s unfavorable ratings have increased greatly, to nearly 27 percent, since the Club for Growth unleashed a barrage of negative ads against him in April.
The Fischer survey was done via “live interviews” by The Singularis Group of Shawnee Mission, Kan. In its campaign memo, the consultant notes that over 52 percent of likely primary voters are in the Lincoln media market.
Meanwhile, former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum endorsed Bruning today. And the Bruning campaign announced his campaign raised $176,000 between April 1-25. Senate candidates are required to file their pre-primary reports with the FEC today.
Bruning’s report will show he has raised $3.52 million so far this election cycle and enters the final three weeks of the primary campaign with more than $1 million in cash on hand.
“I’m incredibly grateful to receive strong support for my candidacy,” Bruning said in a press release. “In addition to their generous financial support, Nebraskans are giving their time – making calls daily and walking precincts on my behalf. I look forward to continuing this momentum through the primary and into the general election this fall.”
Reported by Deena Winter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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