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February 12, 2016

Nebraska: Bruning Internal Poll Shows Big Lead

A poll conducted for Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning showed him with a wide lead in the GOP Senate primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An internal poll commissioned by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning’s Senate campaign showed him holding a strong lead over his Republican primary rivals.

Bruning garnered 52 percent, followed by state Treasurer Don Stenberg, who got 19 percent, and state Sen. Deb Fischer, who got 11 percent.

Pollster Dave Sackett of the Tarrance Group conducted the survey via telephone interview. The poll of 500 likely primary voters was taken Sunday and Monday and had a margin of error of 4.5 points. A general election matchup with presumptive Democratic nominee ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey was not tested in the survey.

Stenberg and his campaign staff are betting on support from outside political groups to help pull him through the primary. He landed a big endorsement today from the anti-tax Club for Growth, which should boost his fundraising considerably.

“Don Stenberg is a lifelong champion of economic freedom and will be an ally for fiscal conservatives in Washington,” club President Chris Chocola said in a written statement. “Nebraska Republicans looking to send a pro-growth voice to the Senate should rally behind Don Stenberg.”

This race is an open seat because of Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D) retirement. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.

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