**UPDATE at 3:50pm**
Politico reports that a Republican pollster has told them that Lee Terry and Brad Ashford are currently tied at 41%.
No info on when the poll was taken, the sample, or anything else.
But it does confirm what we’ve said about it being very close.
(We still think Terry will begin to expand a lead soon.)
Congressman Lee Terry’s campaign has a new ad up.
See it here:
Very, very effective ad.
This is simple, but the visuals are great.
The usage of black and white is nice, and something you don’t always see in this type of spot.
And a final punch for Lee by the Vet, Timothy F. Johnson, at the end.
This is a great ad.
On the other side of that, here’s what we’re hearing:
No one is giving money to Brad Ashford.
And is that surprising?
Oh sure, the Dems would like to win that seat, but they don’t really want Ashford.
He’s not ONE of them.
He’s a former Republican!
(And we STILL believe that they are willing to bet on Baby Buffett in a few years instead, and don’t want to have to deal with Ashford getting in the way.)
By the numbers, this is going to be a tight race.
But if Terry can keep putting up solid spots like the one above…
And then throw in a few negative spots and define Ashford…
And then have Ashford sit back until he can afford a few ads at the very last minute…
We will be interested to see if the CW on this race starts to lean more and more to Terry.
Hey, did you know there was a Governor’s debate on Monday?
Well sure, after you were finishing watching the
Jerry Lewis Telethon Every Simpsons Ever marathon, it may have crossed your mind.
Well, here’s the thing: Not bad, really, by both candidates. Both came off as knowledgable and well informed. Neither were stumped and both had answers ready for pretty much every question.
And host Mike’l Severe did a much better job of MCing than the panel who did the recent Senate debate. Of course it is just a little easier to deal with two candidates instead of six.
(Severe’s only demerit comes from his question — while he was still trying to finish with serious questions — of “have you ever binge-watched a TV show?” Considering this forum is supposed to help voters form an opinion on the candidates, we aren’t sure what this did for anyone. Save it for your one-on-one interview.)
In any case, the debate really just nailed down their positions:
Hassebrook for more, bigger Government.
Ricketts for out-of-the-box solutions.
Don’t believe us?
Let Channel 7 tell you about it:
(We’re going to pick on KETV here for a moment.)
Now EVERYONE hates politics, right?
It’s all those darn negative ads, and they’re all a bunch of liars anywho!
So a lively debate between the two would be something to really dig into and discuss, no?
KETV spend a minute and a half covering this story.
It broke down like this:
- 20 seconds of intro
- 9 seconds of Ricketts
- 11 seconds for Hassebrook
- 15 second summary
- 30 seconds on two State Fair goers who hate politics and don’t trust the candidates
- 10 seconds on some guy who wasn’t there, and a close
So there you go voters who get all of their info from TV!
Make that decision!
We would just note that Hassebrook said that if the election is decided on who spends more, he’ll lose.
Uh, OK Chuck.
And just a note that we have heard NO real numbers on any of the races.
We, of course, will let you know when we do.
Finally, the Wall Street Journal did the seasonal story about the Washington D.C. Nebraska breakfast.
Apparently the jokes these days are running about Fortenberry’s charts and Terry’s hair.