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  Nebraska Senate Race: Stenberg vs. Bruning Now Official
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Last EditedCOSDem  Mar 16, 2011 09:59pm
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DescriptionPresident Obama said everyone knows politics is a contact sport. Welsh labor leader Aneurin Bevan said politics is a blood sport.



The truth is that politics is a contact sport in which the idea is to draw blood from your opponent.



State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate and promptly tried to bloody the nose of his chief rival Attorney General Jon Bruning. The latter quickly tried to counterpunch.



In the fight to carry the GOP banner in 2012, every political watcher in Nebraska expects to see plenty of hard, hard punching. And no one would be surprised if some of them landed below the belt.



A recent poll showed Bruning leading Stenberg by some 30 points. This is Stenberg’s third bid for the Senate. In 2000, he narrowly lost a bid to defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson. It was the closest Senate race in Nebraska history. Stenberg noted he overcame an approximately 30-point deficit in the polls when he went on to nearly defeat Nelson
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