And the info we have received is that he is getting closer to, “Yes.”
The CW for Bruning, we are told, is that he is convinced that the votes from his 2012 Senate race transfer to a 2014 Governor race — and make him the winner.
If that was the case, one could certainly see how those numbers (Bruning carried 35% of the vote in the 2012 GOP Senate primary, where he came in 2nd to Deb Fisher) could carry him to a victory in the Spring of 2014. But is that an automatic?
With the crowded field, one thing that GOP voters may find is that they know the name “Jon Bruning” better than most, if not all, of the current candidates. And we will say that we see Bruning’s name in the news as much as, if not more than, any other statewide office holder
So, would all of Bruning’s 2012 votes transfer?
The rational answer is, of course not — voters have different choices than from the 2012 race. But Bruning could calculate enough of them would stick in a primary with Carlson, Foley, Janssen, McCoy and Ricketts. It is not the craziest word problem you’ve ever read, but again, it’s no “1+1=2” either. It’s probably more like calculus, mixed with a little chemistry along with something from drama class.
And we also know that Nebraska Dems think they’d have a good chance against Bruning, as they did last year.
It is already a wacky season.
Bruning’s entrance would make that wacky to the 6th degree.
Best line from the Husker Saturday afternoon, via @DannyMoe on the Twitter:
“Man, woman and child, does this leave us choking on our bile.”