ICYMI because you were stuck under a snow drift and/or in your car, the ultra-liberal Daily Kos’s polling outfit, Public Policy Polling shows Ben Nelson way behind his potential 2012 Senate challengers.
The numbers look like this:
Jon Bruning 50%
Ben Nelson 39%
Don Stenberg 45%
Ben Nelson 41%
Well, at least it gets better for Nelson if those two fall down a well:
Ben Nelson 42%
Deb Fischer 35%
Ben Nelson 42%
Pat Flynn 33%
PPP notes that Nelson, who in the past has garnered a large amount of GOP support, has instead seen Republicans desert him (can you say Cornhusker Kickback? Thanks).
And again kids, keep in mind that this isn’t Karl Rove’s posse opining.
Add to that the recent quarterly fundraising numbers from Nelson.
His latest show that he raised only $80,000 this past quarter, with nearly half coming from PACs. His Cash on Hand is at $1.4 million.
To put those numbers in perspective, most would find him closer to quarterly numbers of $250K, if he were really engaged in it. His COH numbers are still in the ballpark of campaigning. But if he doesn’t step it up, Bruning will pass him very soon.
So while he is no doubt dialing for dollars…is it really for his re-election?
Or is he just keeping some walking around money (we like to call it WAM) on hand?
Polling numbers stink.
Losing/has lost his traditional base of support.
(Maybe) not raising money like a serious contender.
Will Ben Nelson stick around?
That is the question of the day (commenters).
And just to fire things up, what happens if he doesn’t run?
A business community Republican?
And for the Dems?
Raimondo could always step up probably.
But if he doesn’t want to blow any more cash?
Now go finish shoveling.