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Republican Deb Fischer, a member of the Nebraska Legislature, has a healthy lead in polls for the Senate seat of retiring Ben Nelson over Democrat Bob Kerrey, the former senator trying to make a comeback after a decade in New York. (Associated Press)

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Republican Deb Fischer, a member of the Nebraska Legislature, has a healthy lead in polls for the Senate seat of retiring Ben Nelson over Democrat Bob Kerrey, the former senator trying to make a comeback after a decade in New York. (Associated Press)

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Former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska reportedly is rethinking his decision not to run for the seat Sen. Ben Nelson is vacating. He has not been on a ballot in his state since 1994. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Then-Sen. Ben Nelson announces in 2011 that he will not seek a third term in Congress. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, arrives Tuesday at the Capitol for the vote on President Obama's jobs bill, which failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Nelson said he would not support the president on the bill. (Associated Press)

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As Sen. Ben Nelson prepares to campaign for re-election, he is doing so in a region that is trending away from him. In 2004, the Great Plains was a power center. Now, it is tilting toward the GOP. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, under Republican fire for supporting the health care initiative in 2009, now says he doesn't want to scrap the entire law but would consider tweaking it or even repealing some of its provisions. (AP Photo)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. (Katie Falkenberg/The Washington Times)