The U.S. Senate campaigns for Democrat Bob Kerrey and Republican Deb Fischer both took a positive view of World-Herald Poll results published Sunday.
Kerrey trailed Fischer by 10 percentage points in the statewide poll of 800 registered voters.
Kerrey spokesman Chris Triebsch said the results were "clear evidence that momentum is on our side." Daniel Keylin, a spokesman for Fischer, said the poll showed that she "is connecting with Nebraskans."
In a statement, Triebsch cited a poll that the Fischer campaign released in June. That poll showed Kerrey trailing by 25 percentage points, according to Fischer's spokesman.
"Now that lead has been cut to 10. ... The more people learn about Deb Fischer, the less they like," Triebsch said.
Keylin said that "liberal Bob Kerrey is struggling because of his strong support for government-run health care and raising taxes on the middle class."
The poll was conducted Sept. 17-20 by Wiese Research Associates of Omaha. When narrowed to likely voters, the poll showed Kerrey, a former governor and two-term senator, trailing Fischer, a state senator, by 16 percentage points — 56 percent to 40 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
The poll comes as voters prepare to cast early ballots. Election offices will open Oct. 1 for early voting, the same day early ballots will be mailed to voters who have requested them.
Support for Fischer was strong at a tea party event in west Omaha Sunday, as evidenced by bumper stickers, campaign signs and T-shirts.
The Tea Party Express, a national organization founded in 2009 to rally tea party supporters with a national bus tour, stopped in Omaha at a parking lot outside the Douglas County Republican Party office at 2819 S. 125th Ave.
The GOP did not sponsor the event, which drew about 250 people.
(Click here to see more results from the Sept. 17-20 World-Herald poll.)