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Nebraska Senate: Nelson Lead Remains Comfortable

Nelson (D) 55% Ricketts (R) 32%

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Just as Nebraska's Republican Governor is popular with voters of all parties, so too is Democratic Senator Ben Nelson. Nelson attracts 41% of GOP voters in our latest poll of the Senate race, while Republican challenger Pete Ricketts lures just five percent more.

Among all voters, Nelson now leads Ricketts 55% to 32%. This race remains solidly in the Democratic column for our Balance of Power ratings.

Given the state's Republican leanings, some pundits have been expecting Ricketts to sooner or later close the gap a bit and render the contest more competitive.

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