Last week it looked like Nebraska Republican Attorney General Jon Bruning’s shrinking, but sizable lead in the U.S. Senate Primary might be enough to put him over the top. Then we noticed this article reporting that TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts had spearheaded a controversial set of TV ads questioning Bruning’s character while praising one of his main rivals, state legislator Deb Fischer. Word from ground forces hinted that the ads were gaining traction, so we deemed it a good reason to revisit the Cornhusker State again. The results:Poll type:: Automated Date: 5/13//2012 - Participants: 1,109 Likely GOP voters - Margin of Error: ± 2.95%
It would appear that Bruning has a real problem here. The ads (which calls the State Attorney General’s ethics and investment history into question) are being vehemently fought by Bruning’s campaign, although the main point of contention appears to be whether or not the Rickett-backed group illegally coordinated their messaging with the Fischer campaign. In the meantime, Fischer has been gaining ground through some key endorsements.
While this one isn’t over, Bruning now appears to be in the fight of his life.