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Scott and I discussed Donald Trump, Ben Sasse, Dave Heineman, Pete Ricketts, Don Bacon and Chip Maxwell and the Douglas County GOP. That enough range for ya?
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Be sure to scroll down to read my summary of the Trump rally in Omaha last Friday.
Politics in West O and the radio
If you were listening to Scott’s show, you couldn’t help but be bombarded with ads from Pat Borchers and Lou Ann Linehan. The two of them usually have back to back spots — two 30 second ads each, on either side of the top and or bottom of the hour.
For instance here is Borchers:
Both were on KFAB this morning as well. Interestingly, Linehan gave a defense of her support of Brad Ashford. She noted that she has supported Republicans during her career. And she has.
But she also gave…
- Democrat Jim Esch $500 in 2008.
- Democrat Brad Ashford $410 in 2014.
- Democrat Bard Ashford $250 in 2015.
It is not clear how this is considered a “lie” by the Pat Borchers campaign, but these are numbers straight from the FEC.
Advantage in #NE02?
Scott and I chatted about the Nebraska 2nd District Congressional race for the GOP nomination, and my response was like so many:
No one knows!
There has been virtually no polling on the race and few indications of where voters will go.
Except for…the DCCC.
The DCCC clearly believes that Democrat Brad Ashford would have an easier time against Chip Maxwell than Don Bacon. The belief here is for a couple of reasons:
1) Don Bacon has the squeakiest of clean backgrounds, reputation and personality. He comes across as the nicest guy in the world and he was a Brigadier General at Offutt. Where does the criticism come down?
The best Maxwell had on that point was that Bacon’s experience is only in the military, but not on politics. Or maybe holding office.
That isn’t exactly damnation for getting elected these days.
2) Chip Maxwell has a LOT of votes that the DCCC and Brad Ashford can sift through to find criticism. Heck, Maxwell may have voted on a different point on some bill, but it could come across as being against kitten adoption.
Which isn’t a knock on Chip. But it is a reason why the DCCC is spending nearly half a million dollars to see that Maxwell gets the GOP nomination over Bacon.
Will Republican voters have sucked in the DCCC’s message, or will they see through it and go the other way? Will they look at all of Bacon’s endorsements across the Republican spectrum, or will they more heavily consider Maxwell’s time on the Douglas County Board and in Lincoln?
Don’t count on either side slowing down until the polls officially close.
South O turnout
There are lots of other races around the state to watch tomorrow night, but another that will be fascinating will be in South Omaha’s District 7 seat.
There you’ll find incumbent Republican State Senator Nicole Fox against Democrats John Synowiecki and Tony Vargas. You will remember that Fox was appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts after Democrat Jeremy Nordquist quit the job to go work for Brad Ashford.
Many figure that the Democrats will be able to take the top two spots to the General Election, but stranger things could happen. Republicans have the 2nd District race to vote for. They still have the Presidential race to weigh-in on — many have been waiting all year to do so. So they have a reason to get to the polls.
Democrats? Other than that Legislative race, no so much. That isn’t to say Dems won’t vote, but there is just not as much to garner their attention.
So are there enough South O Republicans to make it a game for Fox?
Has she garnered enough support during her relatively short time in office?
Could be a wild Tuesday night.
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