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United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2012

United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2012

November 6, 2012

 
Nominee Deb Fischer Bob Kerrey
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 455,593 332,979
Percentage 57.8% 42.2%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Ben Nelson
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Deb Fischer
Republican

The 2012 United States Senate election in Nebraska took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Nelson had chosen to retire instead of seeking a third term.[1] Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, and State Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican, won their respective parties' primary elections on May 15, 2012.

Fischer won the general election with 58% of the vote.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Results

Democratic primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Kerrey 66,586 81.0%
Democratic Chuck Hassebrook 9,886 12.0%
Democratic Steven Lustgarten 2,177 2.6%
Democratic Larry Marvin 2,076 2.5%
Democratic Sherman Yates 1,500 1.9%
Totals 82,225 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jon
Bruning
Sharyn
Elander
Deb
Fischer
Pat
Flynn
Don
Stenberg
Spencer
Zimmerman
Other/
Undecided
Public Policy Polling May 14, 2012 272 ± 5.9% 33% 1% 37% 2% 17% 1% 7%
We Ask America May 13, 2012 1,109 ± 2.95% 34% 4% 39% 3% 18% 2%
We Ask America May 6, 2012 1,173 ± 2.9% 42.2% 3.4% 25.9% 4% 22.5% 2%
Public Policy Polling March 22–25, 2012 440 ± 4.7% 46% 3% 12% 4% 18% 0% 18%
Public Policy Polling September 30–October 2, 2011 400 ± 4.9% 37% 14% 6% 16% 27%
Public Policy Polling January 26–27, 2011 519 ± 4.3% 47% 6% 7% 19% 20%

Endorsements

Results

Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Deb Fischer 79,941 41.0%
Republican Jon Bruning 70,067 35.9%
Republican Don Stenberg 36,727 18.8%
Republican Pat Flynn 5,413 2.8%
Republican Spencer Zimmerman 1,601 0.8%
Republican Sharyn Elander 1,294 0.7%
Totals 195,043 100%

General election

Candidates

  • Bob Kerrey, (Democrat), Former U.S. Senator and Governor of Nebraska
  • Deb Fischer, (Republican), State Senator

Debates

The first debate took place at the Heartland Events Center during the Nebraska State Fair at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2012. Kerrey and Fischer participated.

The second debate took place on September 28, 2012, KETV-TV, Chamber of Commerce of Greater Omaha. Kerrey and Fischer participated.

The third debate took place on October 1, 2012, NET-TV. Kerrey and Fischer participated. Topics included agriculture policy, the economy, taxes and education.

External links
  • Complete video at Grand Island Independent, first debate, August 25, 2012
  • Complete video and transcript at C-SPAN, second debate, September 28, 2012
  • Complete video and transcript at C-SPAN, third debate, October 1, 2012

Fundraising

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Bob Kerrey (D) $4,877,704 $4,582,224 $295,480 $0
Deb Fischer (R) $4,536,837 $3,472,721 $1,458,122 $65,000
Source: Federal Election Commission[40][41][42]

Top contributors

[43]
Bob Kerrey Contribution Deb Fischer Contribution
Rural Media Group $62,500 Elliott Management Corporation $29,413
MacAndrews & Forbes $51,000 Hawkins Construction $20,000
Tenet Healthcare $25,650 Kelly PAC $20,000
Nix, Patterson & Roach $25,000 Tenaska Energy $17,500
Allen & Company $22,500 Werner Enterprises $15,250
Kirkland & Ellis $21,500 T&L Irrigation $13,200
Level 3 Communications $17,000 Union Pacific $11,500
Genworth Financial $16,000 Pinnacle Financial Partners $10,500
Williams Kherkher $16,000 21st Century Majority Fund $10,000
Bank of America $15,250 AG Processing $10,000

Top industries

[44]
Bob Kerrey Contribution Deb Fischer Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $293,434 Leadership PACs $165,500
Retired $219,224 Retired $124,546
Leadership PACs $203,500 Agribusiness $105,052
Financial Institutions $182,150 Commercial Banks $54,990
Entertainment Industry $119,000 Financial Institutions $54,416
Lobbyists $104,400 General Contractors $54,300
Real Estate $87,675 Real Estate $38,000
Manufacturing & Distributing $61,700 Insurance $36,000
Education $53,000 Health Professionals $31,850
Insurance $51,500 Electric Utilities $29,900

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bob
Kerrey (D)
Deb
Fischer (R)
Other Undecided
We Ask America November 1, 2012 1,178 ± 3.0% 41% 54% 5%
Omaha World-Herald October 23–25, 2012 800 ± 3.5% 45% 48% 7%
Pharos Research October 19–21, 2012 783 ± 3.5% 46% 48% 6%
Omaha World-Herald September 17–20, 2012 800 ± 3.5% 42% 52% 6%
WeAskAmerica August 14, 2012 1,273 ± 2.8% 34% 55% 11%
Rasmussen Reports May 16, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 38% 56% 2% 3%
Public Policy Polling March 22–25, 2012 1,028 ± 3.1% 38% 48% 14%
Rasmussen Reports March 5, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 34% 46% 10% 10%

Results

United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2012[45]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Deb Fischer 455,593 57.8%
Democratic Bob Kerrey 332,979 42.2%
Majority
Turnout 788,572

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ben Nelson retiring from Senate". Politico. December 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bob Kerrey will run for U.S. Senate".  
  3. ^ "Omahan files as Democratic Senate candidate".  
  4. ^ a b c d Scalora, Christine (May 6, 2012). "Alternative candidates: Issues drew them to Senate race". North Platte Bulletin. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Nebraska: Democratic Field Clears for Bob Kerrey | At the Races
  6. ^ Beutler brushes off Senate speculation; Nelson staff mulls campaign funds
  7. ^ a b Shefte, Jordan (December 28, 2011). "Jane Kleeb comments on Senator Nelson's retirement".  
  8. ^ Sullivan, Sean (February 13, 2012). "Lathrop Won't Run for Ben Nelson's Seat".  
  9. ^ Ben Nelson retiring from Senate - John Bresnahan - POLITICO.com
  10. ^ Robak out of Senate race, too - Omaha.com
  11. ^ a b "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska".  
  12. ^ Tysver, Robynn (January 5, 2011). "Bruning makes Senate bid official".  
  13. ^ Fischer kicks off U.S. Senate bid - Omaha.com
  14. ^ Walton, Don (November 19, 2010). "Pat Flynn launches GOP Senate campaign".  
  15. ^ Nebraska Treasurer to Enter GOP Senate Primary : Roll Call Politics
  16. ^ Walton, Don (June 18, 2011). "Republican Senate field becoming crowded".  
  17. ^ a b Tysver, Robynn (December 15, 2010). "More Republicans eyeing Senate?".  
  18. ^ Warneke, Kent (November 9, 2010). "Senate race doesn't interest Flood".  
  19. ^ Walton, Don (January 9, 2012). "Fortenberry won't seek Senate seat".  
  20. ^ By Paul HammelWORLD-HERALD BUREAU. "Heineman: No Senate bid in 2012". Omaha.com. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  21. ^ Nebraska Senate GOP Primary Gets a New Candidate : Roll Call Politics
  22. ^ Walton, Don (January 3, 2011). "Don Walton: Electoral vote battle looms".  
  23. ^ Beck, Margery A. (November 14, 2010). "US Senate race wide open for Neb. GOP candidates".  
  24. ^ No Senate bid for Fortenberry - Omaha.com
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h Jon Bruning for Senate - Endorsements
  26. ^ Walton, Don (May 25, 2011). "Mike Huckabee endorses Jon Bruning".  
  27. ^ Walton, Don (June 30, 2011). "Mike Flood endorses Bruning Senate bid".  
  28. ^ "Arizona sheriff endorses Bruning".  
  29. ^ Toeplitz, Shira (May 11, 2011). "Tea Party Express Endorses Jon Bruning in Nebraska".  
  30. ^ American Future Fund Political Action
  31. ^ Walton, Don (May 10, 2012). "Fortenberry endorsement adds to Fischer surge".  
  32. ^ a b Livingston, Abby (May 9, 2012). "Sarah Palin Endorses Deb Fischer in Nebraska Senate Race".  
  33. ^ Protecting Life : Deb Fischer 2012
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Endorsements | Stenberg for Senate 2012
  35. ^ Walton, Don (November 8, 2011). "DeMint endorses Stenberg, sponsors fundraising drive".  
  36. ^ Pershing, Ben (October 18, 2011). "Mike Lee looks to carve a niche on the campaign trail".  
  37. ^ Ken Blackwell, an NRA & Club for Growth Board Member, Endorses Don Stenberg in Nebraska
  38. ^ Stenberg wins Mark Levin primary - David Catanese - POLITICO.com
  39. ^ FreedomWorks PAC Endorses Don Stenberg in the Nebraska Senate Race | Business Wire
  40. ^ Kerrey Campaign Finances
  41. ^ Fischer
  42. ^ Anderson
  43. ^ [Center for Responsive Politics]
  44. ^ contributors by industry (opensecrets.org)
  45. ^ "Official Results of Nebraska General Election - November 6, 2012". Nebraska Secretary of State. p. 12. Retrieved 2013-01-02.

External links

Official campaign websites
  • Russell Anderson for U.S. Senate
  • Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate
  • Bob Kerrey for U.S. Senate
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