November 7, 2004


Nelson sees Johanns in rear mirror (HENRY J. CORDES, 11/07/04, Omaha WORLD-HERALD)

Maybe you've had your fill of politics for a while, but take a peek at 2006:

Ben Nelson, 41 percent; Mike Johanns, 38 percent.

Those are the findings of a World-Herald Poll on a possible U.S. Senate showdown that Nebraskans could see in two years.

As the numbers suggest - within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points - the potential race pitting two political powerhouses already is shaping up as a titanic struggle. [...]

Nelson will be trying to hold on as the lone Democrat in Congress representing a state that Tuesday's election showed is trending increasingly Republican.

Hagel, the senior senator from Nebraska, has made it clear he will openly work against his Senate colleague.

With Hagel and others, including perhaps President Bush, urging Republicans to stick with their party, the matchup would be a real test of Nebraska voters' historical independence. That's something that successful Democrats such as Nelson, J.J. Exon and Bob Kerrey have come to rely on.

Mr. Nelson should just join the GOP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2004 1:55 PM

What, no mention of Roman Hruksa? Or was he GOP?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 7, 2004 4:15 PM

D'Oh. That's "Hruska".

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 7, 2004 4:16 PM

Considering that Hagel is part owner of the ES&S
company, that after Diebold, provides the largest
number of voting machines. . .

Posted by: narciso at November 7, 2004 8:58 PM

Or Nelson could Zell Miller and refuse to join any filibusters.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 7, 2004 9:26 PM

Also, if Nelson doesn't switch, he faces the possibility of running against Tom Osborne in 2006 -- and he knows it. For those of you not raised in Nebraska, let's just say this is, ahem, an absolutely guaranteed loss for the Democrats should Osborne choose to run -- and he's reportedly been thinking about it.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at November 7, 2004 10:07 PM

First, Hagel loathes Nelson.

Second, I think Tom Osborne will run for governor in 1996. Whatever he wishes, I guess. The guy hasn't spent a dime on getting elected in his 3 elections.

I like Mike Johanns. He has been a good governor. He is pretty low-key but he is a good guy. I think Johanns could beat Nelson. Nelson is not a bad guy but he was bloodied by a nuke waste dump scandal that cost the state 150 bucks.

Posted by: pchuck at November 8, 2004 11:31 AM


He doesn't need to spend a dime for anything! He'll probably run for governor but I sure would like it if he ran for Senate. I figure that's a guaranteed GOP pickup.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at November 8, 2004 5:10 PM