Mike Johanns — 1:50
Scott Kleeb — 150:1
(i.e., you would have to bet $50 to get a return of $1 if Johanns wins.)
Johanns over / under: 58%
As in the 1st and 3rd CD races, we don’t see much of a chance that Kleeb could beat Johanns. Nonetheless, we left the odds up on this just to make it interesting.
The Kleeb camp is crowing right now that they have internal polling that shows them neck-and-neck with Johanns.
Sort of like that poll he released right before the 2006 election that showed him up by 6%. You know, the race that he lost by 10%? So if the Kleeb polls are consistently off by 16%, then we figure numbers for Johanns of a 58% victory are about right.
We will summarize this race at a later time, but we would just like to point out that Kleeb has been running this race as if he has been ahead by 10%. He hasn’t been specific on a single issue in his ads.
We don’t think Scott Klebb ever had a chance against Johanns — and frankly, no one in the Republican party figured they could beat him either. But the pure lack of any campaign theme by Kleeb has been mystifying. It is as if he has figured all along that he is going to get blown out, and thus just wants to leave voters with some happy face of his.
Well, we can guarantee that is not what his supporters or the rest of the party expected. Kleeb will have a lot of questions to answer after tomorrow.
Mike Johanns on the other hand, may become one of the most popular Senators in Nebraska history.