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Divided GOP Primary May Help Nelson

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Nelson hasn’t announced whether he will run for re-election, but all signs point to him running. He had $1.5 million in his campaign account at the end of 2010, and he has begun hiring campaign staff. Johnson managed Kerrey and Nelson’s previous campaigns.

“We’re hiring staff. We’re raising money. We’re doing the various elements of putting a campaign together,” Johnson told Roll Call on Friday. “He always takes his time making a final decision, but unless there’s some unforeseen circumstance that causes a change, he’s definitely running.”

Kerrey said it’s likely that if Nelson were to decide not to run, there would be a competitive primary on the Democratic side, too, but he hoped that wouldn’t be the case.

“I’ve talked to him and told him that if he decides to run, I’ll do whatever I can to help him. It’d be a terrible loss for Nebraska if he decides not to run,” Kerrey said.

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