Dem Poll: Kerrey Faces Hard Slog in Nebraska
More bad polling news for Bob Kerrey, this time from a Democratic group.
Politico is reporting that Project New America, which is based in Denver, took a poll early last week that showed Kerrey trailing State Sen. Deb Fischer by 14 percentage points. The poll of 601 likely voters showed Kerrey at 38 percent, while Fischer at 52 percent.
Worse for Kerrey, though, is his image problem. More people had a negative view of Kerrey (44 percent) than a positive view (34 percent).
In contrast, Fischer had far fewer negatives — at 12 percent — and higher positives at 42 percent.
The Democratic poll comes a week after Fischer's camp released its own poll that showed Kerrey down by 25 percentage points.
Polling at this stage of the game doesn't say a whole lot about what's going to happen on Election Day. But it's very bad news for Kerrey on the cash front.
Right now, Kerrey is getting routinely kicked on the airwaves by two Republican Super PACs that have been pummeling him for months. He needs money to battle back. In order to do that, he needs to convince big-money Democratic donors on the national stage that he can win.
Polls like this don't help, as Fischer and others know too well.
Democrats to Pick New Leader in Omaha
Democrats will descend on Omaha this weekend for their annual state convention, competing with the College World Series for a little attention. (Not much competition here. Turns out, it's easier to find a Democratic Super PAC than a CWS ticket.)
At the top of the Dems' agenda is picking a new chairman to replace Vic Covalt as head of the Nebraska Democratic Party.
Three are running for the spot, and all three are well known within Democratic circles. We'll start with the perceived frontrunner, Vince Powers, the party's current national committeeman and a Lincoln attorney whom we once described as “rumpled” in a profile piece. (Let it go, Vince. Let it go.)
Powers is running against Mike Meister, a Scottsbluff attorney and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Joe Higgins, a former president of one of the state's most powerful unions, the Nebraska State Education Association.
In addition to electing a chairman, the party also will be selecting national delegates to send to Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention. It's always interesting to watch this part of the election, as would-be delegates strategize on how to win votes and elect slates of delegates.
Everyone wants to party with Barack.
So, we'll be there. In the back of the room. With Kracker Jacks and a hot dog.
-- Robynn Tysver