The Washington Times - July 11, 2012, 04:50PM

Republican Deb Fischer on Wednesday picked up a key endorsement in her race for the open Nebraska Senate seat, stealing away the backing of an influential group that formerly backed the state’s Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.

The National Federation of Independent Business called Ms. Fischer, a little-known state senator with heavy tea party backing, “the proven voice for small business in this race.” Ms. Fischer is squaring off against Democrat Bob Kerrey, who formerly served as Nebraska’s governor and spent two terms in the Senate before leaving the state to head a university in New York City.


“Senator Deb Fischer has established an exemplary voting record on NFIB issues during her eight years in the Nebraska legislature,” said Bob Hallstrom, the group’s state director for Nebraska. “Deb Fischer will be a strong, conservative voice for Nebraska in the U.S. Senate.”

While the NFIB has traditionally supported Republicans far more than Democrats, they made an exception with retiring Sen. Nelson, a moderate Democrat. The organization backed his re-election bid in 2006.