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  Fischer upsets Bruning, will face Kerrey
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Last EditedCOSDem  May 15, 2012 11:28pm
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MediaNewspaper - Omaha World Herald
News DateWednesday, May 16, 2012 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionDeb Fischer finished strong to secure an unlikely victory in Nebraska’s Republican race for the U.S. Senate.

Fischer, a state senator and rancher from the north-central Nebraska town of Valentine, was widely perceived as a distant third just weeks ago. But Tuesday’s election results put her solidly ahead of both Attorney General Jon Bruning and State Treasurer Don Stenberg, a former Nebraska attorney general.

Fischer, who remained at work in the Nebraska Legislature this year for four months, stayed positive in her campaign. That was despite trailing badly in the polls, facing gaps in her name recognition and raising a paltry $400,000 compared with Bruning’s $3.5 million.

Meantime, Bruning, the race’s longtime front-runner, and Stenberg, the candidate believed to be his top challenger, traded verbal blows on the campaign trail and in negative advertisements.
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