In a poll also by Rasmussen, Ben Nelson has a solid lead over Pete Ricketts, 57% to 31%.
What’s really killing Ricketts however is a lowly 57% approval rating by GOP voters, where Nelson has a 79% approval rating with the Nebraska GOP.
To an extent this isn’t surprising coming out of a hotly contested primary where Ricketts won handily, but still only had 48% of the vote. That’s a big chunk of GOP voters who may still hold a grudge against the guy who beat their candidate. Don Stenberg’s call to Nebraska Right to Life on behalf of Pete Ricketts may begin part of the healing process. But Ricketts better know that he needs Kramer, Stenberg and any other GOP stalwart he can muster to show that the GOP is unified.
It waits to be seen whether he can persuade more of the GOP, and particularly Stenberg and Kramer to go on TV for him. It’s obvious that until he shores up the GOP base, he will have no shot against the incumbent.