The poll by Hickman Analytics showed Nelson defeating all three high-profile Republicans running for the seat and holding a 54 percent favorability rating. He trailed both Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and State Treasurer Don Stenberg in polling last June.
In the Hickman poll, results showed Nelson leading Bruning by 47 percent to 45 percent and Stenberg by 49 percent to 43 percent. He led state Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine by 50 percent to 37 percent.
"While this continues to be a highly competitive race, Nelson is positioned to win re-election if he decides to run for another term," Harrison Hickman concluded.
Late last week, Karl Rove's group, Crossroads GPS, launched another
$160,000 of factually misleading attack ads aimed at Ben Nelson.
According to our ad buyers that is on top of more than $500,000 outside
groups like Rove's have spent attacking Ben Nelson this year.
Another fact checking organization, Politifact, found the majority of Rove's claims were false during the 2010 elections. And a different organization created by Rove, American Crossroads, received similarly negative ratings for its misleading claims.
Here is what FactCheck.org said about Rove's latest ad against Ben Nelson:
regard to the economic stimulus, “We’ve trimmed the fat, fried the
bacon and milked the sacred cows.” The ad then calls the stimulus “a
bill Nelson helped write.” But Nelson didn’t write the initial bill,
which originated in the House. His comment refers to a “bipartisan
agreement” reached with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to trim
$110 billion from one version of the stimulus bill.
In today's Lincoln Journal-Star, GOP Senate front runner Jon Bruning told Don Walton that he wanted to move attention away from the horse race aspects of the 2012 Republican Senate race and focus on issues now. The Nebraska Attorney General said: "Nebraskans are interested in issues, not the horse race...I think Nebraskans want someone who will tell the truth."
Bruning's apparent desire to move the discussion away from the horse race aspects of the GOP Senate primary to the issues is an admission from him that the revelations about his financial status and conflicts of interests have badly wounded him. As we've discussed here in the past, Bruning has somehow managed to accumulate vast wealth with a net worth in the tens of millions of dollars on a government salary. In addition, Bruning's business dealings with Nelnet executives and conflicts of interests with that company have garnered a lot of media attention.
Jim DeMint is going with State Treasurer Don Stenberg in Nebraska's GOP Senate primary - putting the South Carolina senator's choice at odds with the Tea Party Express.
It's the latest setback for Attorney General Jon Bruning, who recently underwent a campaign shake-up and was courting DeMint's blessing.
The Tea Party Express now appears to be the single outlying tea party group to back Bruning.
Earlier this year, Omaha businessman Doug Wilwerding made a $2,500 contribution to Jon Bruning's Senate campaign. However, on Thursday, the same Doug Wilwerding - a longtime contributor to Congressman Lee Terry, the Nebraska Republican Party, and others - was announced as the new Finance Chair of Don Stenberg's Senate campaign.
Why the switch? Wilwerding hints very strongly that it was motivated by Bruning's lack of ethics and integrity:
Wilwerding, founder and managing principal of The Optimas Group, an Omaha investment company, said Stenberg has the character and conservative credentials to defeat Ben Nelson and return our government back to the people....
Shortly before 2 p.m. today, Nebraska Attorney General - and a 2012 challenger to Sen. Ben Nelson (D) - Jon Bruning's Twitter feed went all crazy-like.
Apparently, the mildly shocking shift in tone and rapid-fire posts were all some hacker's fault.
So we had to sit up and take notice when Bruning's Tweeters suddenly got a personality.
"Why am I worried to click though? ‘From Guthrie to Garland to Gaga: The All-TIME 100 songs," said the first tweet. Music!
What happens when a Senate candidate's Twitter account gets hacked?
In Jon Bruning's case, this:
@JonBruning Keeping it clean: Protesters cope with sanitation - ow.ly/7b2qJ
1 minute ago
Why am I worried to click through? "From Guthrie to Garland to Gaga: The All-TIME 100 Songs" - ow.ly/7b2qE
When it comes to the Nebraska Senate Race, incumbent Ben Nelson continues to trail in the polls, but not by much. He's behind Attorney General Jon Bruning by 4 points. That's an 11 point gain for Nelson since January.
The site says Bruning's campaign has struggled in the past few months over comments he made about people on welfare and his controversial lakeside home in Saunders County.
In August, NNN thought it was a pretty big deal when it was revealed that Attorney General Jon Bruning had an undisclosed ownership stake in a $675,000 lakeside cabin with two Nelnet executives. Beyond the convoluted maneuvering that had masked this relationship, it was particularly troubling because of the many campaign contributions Bruning had received from Nelnet and his controversial attempt to release the company from a million dollar obligation to the state of Nebraska in 2007.
A month later, speaking to KHAS, Bruning is hoping to recast this entire story as nothing more than a political distraction: "It's where I teach my kids to water ski, right. It's not unlike a lot of families in Nebraska. I love Nebraska. I've got a lake house in Nebraska. So what?"
‘It’s Where I Teach My Kids To Waterski’: Nebraska AG Defends Lake House He Bought With Execs His State Investigated
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Buning (R) is pushing back against ethics attacks from state Democrats over a vacation home he purchased with executives at a student loan company his office gave a favorable ruling to only a year earlier.
"Big deal," he told a local NBC affiliate on Monday when asked about the issue. "It's where I teach my kids to waterski, right? I'm like a lot of families in Nebraska: I love Nebraska, I got a lake house in Nebraska. So what?"