By Gary P Jackson
A week ago Deb Fischer was considered a long shot, even as Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg ripped each other apart. Then Sarah Palin endorsed her, and just as happened in Indiana, things rapidly changed. With the wind at her back, Deb Fischer, a solid Conservative surged into the lead, and now has won the Republican nomination for the US Senate with 79,028 votes [41%] to Bruning’s 69,006 [35%] and Stenberg’s distant 36,043 votes [18%].
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Our friend Shelly Dankert from the Nebraska Attitude blog managed to catch Deb’s acceptance speech:
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Bonney Bowman interviewed Deb live as the numbers were still coming in. Watch here.
From the Wall Street Journal:
A state senator who had been stuck for weeks in third place in polls has won the GOP nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Nebraska, continuing a pattern of challengers successfully taking on prominent Republicans in party primaries.
State Sen. Deb Fischer capped a remarkable surge by capturing the Senate nomination on Tuesday. She will face Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska senator and governor, in the November election.
Ms. Fischer was leading state Attorney General Jon Bruning, who had long been the front-runner, by 41% to 36% with 93% of precincts reporting. Mr. Bruning had won statewide election three times before and raised far more money than Ms. Fischer.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Ms. Fischer last week, and a political action committee backed by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts spent $200,000 over the weekend on ads criticizing Mr. Bruning and promoting Ms. Fischer.
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Ms. Fischer’s surprise win comes a week after an Indiana primary that saw state Treasurer Richard Mourdock upset veteran Sen. Richard Lugar. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was forced into a June runoff election with former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist.
Sarah Palin offered her congratulations to Fischer on Tuesday night via Facebook:
As recently as a week ago, Deb Fischer was dismissed by the establishment.
Why? Because she is not part of the good old boys’ permanent political class. The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change.
I applaud Moms like Deb Fischer who are bold enough to step up and run on a conservative platform to restore America and protect our children’s future. Congratulations to the people of Nebraska.
As the Huskers’ fight song goes: “The eyes of the land, upon every hand, are looking at you. Fight on for victory!”
~ Sarah Palin
If you are keeping score, Establishment types Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee both endorsed, Bruning, who Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy.com labeled a “smear merchant” for his underhanded tactics.
Once again, noted Profile in Courage™ Mitt Romney was silent.