Nebraska’s 2nd District campaign continues to heat up with both campaigns coming out with news today.
First, the Don Bacon campaign has a new TV spot out. See it here:
Another intro ad as the voters in the 2nd continue to focus on this race and, frankly, learn about the candidates.
The Bacon camp has admitted that voters did not know Bacon’s name when he started the race — at 6% back in January.
But we’re told those voters that do learn about him, pick him 2-1 over Brad Ashford.
Which leads to the latest poll…from Ashford.
The OWH reports that an Ashford poll has Ashford up 10 points on Bacon, with 402 likely voters. (No cross tabs available, mind you.)
But note that this poll, which Ashford is waving around, has a 4.9% margin of error. Doing the math, the ordinary citizen can see that makes it a statistical TIE — each at 45%.
Then there’s that pesky 10% of voters who are “Undecided”.
And this is WITH Brad Ashford being the incumbent.
And already WITH Brad Ashford’s TV ad onslaught.
And WITH Brad’s chosen Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, making visits, and staffing up and overpowering the airwaves as well.
There are 50 (some) days to go til the Election.
The Bacon supporters should feel that they are in a good spot, where the only direction they’ll go is up.
Fish & Chip Papers
Leavenworth St. noted early yesterday that former #NeverTrumper, billionaire Joe Ricketts, father of Governor Pete Ricketts, went from giving over $6 million to defeat Donald Trump, to changing his tune to SUPPORT Trump — also by a million bucks.
(“That’s walking around money!”, as the great Thurston Howell, III used to say.)
Then an alert reader sent Leavenworth St. an image of the fishwrap version of the front page of the morning OWH. Here is what will greet you, rolled up in your driveway:
So here’s a question:
Did the OWH just farm out this front page to the Hillary campaign, or did Warren Buffett come down to the Herald’s print shop and draw it up himself?
Because it was one or the other, right?
Nearly full page, above the fold, quotes, and photos…for a local citizen’s endorsement???
(“Earthquake rocks west coast – California falls into Pacific. Page 3.“)
Forget about the relatively innocuous story that is connected to it. It’s right up there with Bernie Sanders saying he now supports Hillary.
“But don’t forget Joe Ricketts’ damning quotes Omahans! Don’t forget them! Here they are! We’ve printed them in bold, 45 point type for you! Go Hillary! Donald Trump wears a coat made of collie puppies!”
Ah, your independent media…
Requiescat in Pace
We say our goodbyes to former Speaker of the Legislature and Third District Congressman Bill Barrett, who passed away yesterday.
Barrett was already well known in the Legislature when he ran for Congress in 1990. But he was hoping at the time to fill the gigantic shoes of retiring Virginia Smith.
Back in the day I was campaigning across the third district on Hal Daub’s campaign, and we crossed paths at events with Barrett often. At that point, having survived the primary, his campaign was in a pretty good spot. But he made a point at every stop to commend all of his primary opponents and note the clean primary that they had conducted
Barrett stepped up in Washington and did an outstanding job representing the 3rd. He made his constituents proud.
Rest in peace.
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