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Republican Senate candidates compete for conservative title
The Republican candidates in Tuesday's primary election are vying for the title of most conservative. Jon Bruning, a leading contender, is one of those seeking the US Senate seat as the race heats up.
News 5 spoke with Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning who thought it would be a close race all along.
"You don't want to take the polls too serious when they say you're way ahead. You don't want to take them too serious when they say you're way behind. You just keep doing what you think is right," said Bruning.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says the mission is clear.
"As a country we have a $16 million debt and we have to cut federal spending. We're at a point now where we don't have much time left. The clock is ticking," Bruning said.
His opponents have received big endorsements in the past week.
But Bruning also has big names backing him up, including former presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mick Huckabee.
"Those are pretty good endorsements. So if you're gonna talk about endorsements, I just as soon put up Rick Santorum and Mick Huckabee against anybody," said Bruning.
Opponent Deb Fischer wanted Bruning to pull his latest ad.
"Mr. Bruning's sinking in the polls and now he's resorting to these last minute attack ads to bring me down," Fischer said.
But Bruning thinks otherwise.
"Well, I think it was important for voters to know that both of them have a record that they have to defend. Don Stenberg used accounting gimmicks to hide the cost of his budget and Deb Fischer she voted for tax increases," said Bruning.
So who does Bruning see as his main competition?
"Oh I think it's up to the people of Nebraska. I've got a lot of good competitors. There's five people in this Republican primary. Everybody's trying hard," said Bruning.
But opponent Don Stenberg sees himself as Bruning's top competitor.
"My sense of it is that this is a very close election between John Bruning and myself," said Stenberg.
But at the end of the day Bruning expected a close finish all along.
"Oh yeah, I mean you always think they're going to be close races, you know. I mean, Bo Palini didn't care if he beats Ohio State by one point and I don't care, ya know, as long as we win the goal then it's not just to win, but it's to get the job done and cut the budget and reduce the regulatory regime," said Bruning.
Pat Flynn and Spencer Zimmerman are also vying for the US Senate.
The winner will likely face Democrat Bob Kerrey in November.
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