A new Rasmmussen telephone survey indicates that if the 2012 U.S. Senate election were held today, pitting Republican Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman against incumbent Democrat Senator Ben Nelson, the results would look like this:
1) This is ALL due to Nelson’s recent antics and support of ObamaCare in the Senate; and
2) 2012 is a looooooooooooooooooooooooong way off.
But don’t kid yourselves, this has Ben Nelson shaken up. How to tell?
He’s filming TV ads in Omaha today, in order to try to tourniquet the massive political bleeding.
Is it too late? Of course not. In fact, it’s awfully early, for paid TV anyway.
But look at the rest of Nelson’s numbers, from Rasmussen:
Nelson Favorable: 40% (12% VERY favorable)
Nelson Unfavorable: 55% (34% VERY UNfavorable!)
And another big reason for Nelson to be jumpy:
Even if Nelson were to vote to block ObamaCare, if the election (against Governor Dave) were held today:
Nelson (who continues to raise money for 2012) has already been called the “the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent in 2012“. But he can certainly turn this around in the next two years.
But it continues to indicate that it will be more and more difficult for DEMOCRAT Nelson to be a “conservative independent” when there’s a liberal Democrat in the Oval Office who needs his support.
And potentially facing giant slayer David (Heineman) doesn’t help.