To quote “Screw Them” Kos
Our unlikely Democrat from deep red Nebraska has a challenger.
Former Attorney General Don Stenberg appeared poised Wednesday to jump into the 2006 Republican Senate race and seek a rematch with Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.
Stenberg, who served as attorney general for 12 years, will hold a news conference today at Republican state headquarters to make “an important announcement about his future political plans.” All signs pointed to his third bid for a seat in the Senate.
Stenberg, who left the attorney general’s office in 2003 to enter private practice in Omaha, lost to Nelson in 2000 by 15,000 votes.
But Stenberg supporters are quick to point out that was the closest margin since Nebraska began directly electing senators by popular vote in 1916 and that the Republican voter registration advantage over Democrats has grown by 34,000 since 2000.
On the other hand, Democrats note, Nelson won that 2000 election swimming against a Republican tide in a presidential election year. Even though George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by 202,000 votes, they point out, Stenberg was defeated.
By November 2006 I will have lived in Nebraska for a bit more than a year. This will make it interesting.