Republican candidates in Nebraska push hard|
The Republican candidates in Tuesday's primary election are vying for the title of most conservative, with the top three contenders claiming prime tea party endorsements. The leading GOP candidates seeking the seat held by retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Nelson include Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, state Treasurer Don Stenberg and state Senator Deb Fischer. The winner will likely face Democrat Bob Kerrey in November. The GOP candidates have hammered their conservative credentials. Fischer received endorsements from 2008 vice presidential candidate and tea party favorite Sarah Palin, as well as Nebraska Representative Jeff Fortenberry. Stenberg claims endorsements from tea party leaders Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Bruning was endorsed by the national Tea Party Express and former presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.