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Fischer Comes From behind in Nebraska to win Republican Senate Primary

by | May 17, 2012

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

Pro-life state Senator Deb Fischer (left) came from behind to win the Republican senatorial primary in a six-way race.

On Tuesday Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon held presidential and congressional primaries to determine their party’s nominees for the United States President, Senate, and House of Representatives.

Clearly the biggest news of the night was the upset win of pro-life state Senator Deb Fischer in the Republican primary for Senate. She will face pro-abortion former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey (D) in the November general election.  The seat will be vacant because of the retirement of Senator Ben Nelson (D). Nelson had a mixed record on life issues.


The most watched race of the night was in Nebraska where three major pro-life candidates squared off in the Republican senatorial primary. Trailing by double digits just weeks ago, Fischer came from behind to win in a six-candidate field with 41.1% of the vote.

Fischer prevailed over pro-life state Attorney General Jon Bruning who garnered 35.9% of the vote, and pro-life state Treasurer Don Stenberg, who had 18.8%.  Fischer was endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life PAC as were Bruning and Stenberg and one other pro-life candidate.

In his two terms in the U.S. Senate (1989-2000), Kerrey amassed an extreme pro-abortion voting record.

“Bob Kerrey voted five times to keep partial-birth abortion legal when he was in the U.S. Senate,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life.  “We will have a presence at county fairs and the state fair all summer dogging Bob Kerrey on that issue and others.  He will soon find out how out of touch he is with Nebraskans.” 

In 1999 Kerrey also voted for the Harkin Amendment to endorse Roe v. Wade.  

By contrast Fischer voted for Nebraska’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects from abortion babies who are capable of feeling pain.  Fischer supports legal protection for unborn children and opposes government funding of abortion. 

ObamaCare will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will promote the rationing of lifesaving treatments. Kerrey refers to it as “a step in the right direction.” Fischer opposes ObamaCare and will vote to repeal it. 


In Idaho, pro-life incumbent Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson easily won in the Republican primaries.  Their races are considered safe. 


Like Idaho, the incumbent representatives won their respective races. Pro-abortion Democratic Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, and Peter DeFazio, and Rep. Greg Walden (R), who has a pro-life voting record, won their primary elections and their races are considered “safe.”  Pro-abortion Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) won his primary and will face pro-life businessman Fred Thompson (R) in the fifth congressional district in November.  Cook Political Report considers the fifth district “likely Democratic.”

Three congressional primary elections remain to be held in May.  Arkansas and Kentucky will hold theirs on May 22. One week later Texas will hold its congressional primaries, which were delayed due to court challenges over redistricting.

Pro-life Gov. Mitt Romney swept to easy victories in primaries in Nebraska, Idaho, and Oregon. He now has 989 of the 1,144 delegates he needs to win the Republican nomination for President. 

According to POLITICO, there are 794 remaining delegates to be allocated in nine upcoming primaries.  In addition to the remaining May primaries, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota will hold their primaries on June 5.

As discussed previously at NRL News Today, Rep. Ron Paul announced on May 15 that, “We will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted.”  Rep. Paul has won 106 delegates to the GOP National Convention, according to POLITICO.

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