The conservative American Future Fund is running an ad against Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2012.
The minute-long radio ad criticizes Nelson's vote in favor of the health care reform law and urges him to vote for its repeal. The group is spending about $30,000 to run the ad for a week, according to founder Nick Ryan.
"Even after Nelson tried to cut back-room deals in his 'Cornhusker Kickback,' Nebraskans overwhelmingly opposed the liberal health care bill," a female announcer says. "Tell Ben Nelson it's not too late to put Nebraska first: Vote yes on repeal. Start over and get health care right."
AFF ran a radio ad earlier this month in North Dakota not long before Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad decided to retire. Those ads ignited a short-lived air war, as a liberal group and Conrad himself each bought their own airtime. Conrad announced on Jan. 17 that he wouldn't seek re-election, a move makes it more likely for a Republican to win his seat.
In Nebraska, Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) is already exploring a run against Nelson, and Treasurer Don Stenberg (R) may consider running, too. Bruning first explored a race to replace Sen. Chuck Hagel in 2008 but deferred to then-Gov. Mike Johanns, who ultimately won the seat. Gov. Dave Heineman (R) announced that he wouldn't run against Nelson.
Roll Call Politics rates the Nebraska Senate race a Tossup.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.