After a World-Herald Poll showing a tightening race between U.S. Senate candidates Bob Kerrey, the Democratic nominee, and Republican Deb Fischer, their campaign organizations both claimed growing support among voters.
Kerrey trailed Fischer by 3 percentage points in the latest statewide survey of 800 registered voters. Five weeks ago, he was behind by 10 points.
The Fischer campaign said its own polling shows that she has a 16-point lead.
“Nebraskans are responding to her strong support for balancing the budget, cutting spending and repealing Obamacare,” Fischer’s campaign said Sunday.
Kerrey campaign manager Paul Johnson said in a statement that the latest poll results show “Nebraskans are gravitating quickly to Senator Kerrey as they learn more about his plans to work across party lines to address our nation’s significant issues.”
The poll was conducted Oct. 23 through Oct. 25 by Wiese Research Associates of Omaha. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. About 7 percent of registered voters remain undecided.
For most of the race, Fischer, a state senator from Valentine, has held double-digit leads. But Kerrey, a former governor and U.S. senator, has tried to cut Fischer’s lead by questioning her character in a series of television ads in which he and others criticize Fischer for suing her elderly ranch neighbors over a property dispute in 1995.
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