NE-03 Big News, It's A Race.
by phatass, Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 02:34:24 PM EDT
This just showed up in my mailbox:
A new poll conducted by national polling firm Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates September 20-21 shows that the 3rd District congressional race is up for grabs as we enter the last six weeks of the campaign.
When asked who they would vote for "if the election were held today," 41 percent of definite voters said they would vote for Adrian Smith and 37 percent said they would vote for Scott Kleeb. The margin of error for the entire sample is ±4.87%.
Considering the margin of error and the high percentage of undecided voters - this race is most definitely in play.
There are likely a lot of people who don't believe Democrats can compete in Nebraska. Well, I think we are about to prove that wrong.
Historically, when there is an open seat in this district it's always close, even with an almost 2 to 1 Republican registration advantage.
Kleeb has appeal among Republicans.
KEARNEY -- Some Kearney-area Republicans are crossing party lines to support a Democrat in the race to replace 3rd District Rep. Tom Osborne.
"I wish Scott Kleeb were a Republican, but in this case we have to support the candidate who is better for the district," said retired Kearney businessman Ron Larsen, a Republican.
Scott Kleeb is a great candidate. We are lucky to have 3 candidates running for congress this year that are willing to do what it takes to win.
This is what the 50 state strategy is all about. Adrian Smith, Kleeb's Republican opponent was backed by the Club for Growth in the primary. They spent over $300,000 to get him elected. Now people in the district, which is almost completely farm and ranch country, are beginning to wonder:
Some of the Kearney Republicans for Kleeb said they had supported candidate John Hanson of Kearney in the Republican primary because Hanson had the best grasp of agricultural issues. They said Hanson's loss disappointed them, but they are angry because Smith won the primary using contributions from an organization that opposes farm subsidies.
"What disturbed me the most in the primary," Kearney businessman Tom Henning said, "was that Club for Growth gave Adrian Smith $325,000. They (Club for Growth) are in favor of eliminating the USDA. I'm not certain what Smith's motive was."
We will not have this good a pickup opportunity again for a long time if Adrian Smith wins.
There is a tidal wave building. This is great news.
Here's my actblue page:
You should consider giving to the other two candidates listed on that page, too.
For those of you who live in solidly blue areas and don't have to worry about their Democratic candidates winning. Think about helping us out here in Nebraska.