Fischer Optimistic but Polls Vary Widely


Polls show the race for U.S. Senate heating up, or do they? Numbers vary wildly, showing nothing is certain until the polls have closed.

One recent poll shows Fischer up by 12 percentage points, another by just three.

Fischer was campaigning in Grand Island on Halloween, where a woman ran up to hug the senate hopeful.

Fischer says those personal connections give her optimism, despite some polls that show the race becoming tighter.

She said, "We watch the polls of course, but it's more the feeling I get from Nebraskans as I travel the state and people are excited, they're very supportive, it's great to be out in Grand Island again because people are so encouraging."

Bob Kerrey appears to have made ground on Fischer, with a series of ads released concerning a land dispute on the Fischer ranch.

Fischer then went to the airwaves to defend a lawsuit against her neighbors. But she claims it hasn't affected her support.

She told NTV, "I haven't gotten any questions on that from people. I get it from reporters but I haven't really gotten questions from citizens about that. Nebraskans have common sense. They know attacks are distorted or the latest ad Kerrey came out with, that's not even true."

Nebraska's heavyweight Republicans will tour the state with Fischer this weekend. Gov. Dave Heineman and Sen. Mike Johanns will be among those making stops in cities like Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney.

In Omaha, Fischer will campaign with Sen. John McCain this weekend.

In response to that, Kerrey campaign spokesman Chris Triebsch said Fischer had "pushed the panic button."

Triebsch said, "She blew a double digit lead after Nebraskans learned about her attempts to take land from her elderly neighbors and her subsequent abuse of power in the Legislature. Billionaire Joe Ricketts, Karl Rove and her other benefactors are attempting to rescue. John McCain's appearance in Nebraska at the last hour of the campaign is a sure sign that even Fischer doesn't believe her own bogus internal 'polling.'"

Fischer will make six campaign stops on Thursday, to Lincoln, Norfolk, South Sioux City, Valentine, Grand Island, and Kearney. Friday she will visit Omaha, Fremont, Columbus, Hastings, North Platte, and Scottsbluff.